|In late 2013 the executor of a Rhinebeck, New York estate made a huge discovery in the attic of George and Betty Davis, finding a rare Fabergé figure that recently sold at auction for $5.2 million. An unassuming wooden box held a hardstone portrait figure of Nikolai Nikolaievich Pustynnikov, who was a loyal personal Cossack bodyguard to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.|
Russian Imperial family (between circa 1913 and 1914)
| It remained in the Davis family until the Stair Galleries auction in Hudson, New York.|
The pre-sale auction estimate was $500,000-$800,000 for the authenticated figure. Bidding began at $500,000 and when the gavel fell, famed London-based jeweler, Wartski, won the auction with a phone bid of $5.2 million.