A Game of Thrones Fabergé dragon egg sells for $2.22 million. Though A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin was initially unsure about including dragons in his fantasy world, he eventually decided to introduce them at the end of the first book in his series, A Game of Thrones, and the fire-breathing creatures have had a colossal impact on the story ever since. The final two books in Martin’s saga, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, are still due to be released.
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss decided to follow suit with their HBO adaptation of Martin’s books. Season 1 ends with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) walking into Khal Drogo’s (Jason Momoa) funeral pyre with three dragon eggs believed to be dormant, later emerging unharmed with three newly-hatched baby dragons. Dany and her pets, Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, grow up together throughout the show’s 8 seasons, with the dragons later playing a pivotal role in the fight against the Night King and his army of the dead and the Dragon Queen’s fiery destruction of King’s Landing.
Now, a Game of Thrones Fabergé dragon egg inspired by Daenerys has sold for $2.22 million, according to THR. The commemorative egg was handmade by artists at House of Fabergé, a jewelry firm famous for its elaborately jeweled eggs, who worked closely with the show’s Emmy Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton. See a glimpse of how the $2.22 million egg was made
Fabergé’s dragon egg takes some inspiration from the embroidered costumes that Daenerys wore throughout the show, evidenced in the white diamonds, pink sapphires, moonstones, and rubies encrusted in the egg. Though Clapton and her collaborators at Fabergé were not only able to create an egg fit for the character with many titles, including the Unburnt, Khaleesi, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons, but one that honors her arduous journey from exile in Essos to Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. This was accomplished through 9 months of painstaking work from the artists involved.
Game of Thrones fans will get the chance to see the egg in person when it goes on tour next year. This timing purposefully coincides with the premiere of the prequel series House of the Dragon on HBO, which is set 200 years before the events of the original series at the height of the Targaryen’s power. Therefore, dragons will play an even more prominent role in that series, with 17 of them to be exact, as opposed to Game of Thrones‘ three.