A decorative Cadbury’s egg featuring 22 carat gold and enamel engraving has been sold at auction for £6,500.
The egg was part of a 1983 promotion known as the ‘Creme Egg Mystery Conundrum’ – a nationwide treasure hunt to find 12 eggs.
The eggs were buried in secret locations around the UK, and – using an accompanying book that had clues hidden within it – chocolate fans could hunt them out and dig them up for themselves.
They were designed and made by Garrard & Co (then the Queen’s official jeweller) and were valued at over £10,000 at the time.
Found ‘by chance’
Despite the tidy profit the egg made, it failed to reach its expected selling price of £8,000 when it was auctioned at earlier at Duke’s Auctioneers of Dorchester earlier this week.
The seller was Clive Pinder from Dorset, who discovered the egg 35 years ago in Cricket St Thomas, Somerset.
Mr Pinder found the egg after spending hours searching for it, when the book’s clues pointed him towards a farm sign.
“By chance I saw a sign by the side of the road and this sign incorporated several of the clues in the picture in the book,” he said.
“I dug down about 12 inches and felt something really hard.”
A 13th egg that was larger than the rest of the set sold at auction for £17,200 in 2017.
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