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The Most Expensive Easter Bunny in the World

Sunday, October 23rd 2011. | Collectibles

Everyone will desire to have their own Easter Bunny year round displayed on the mantel once they catch a glimpse of the Most Expensive Easter Bunny. Chocolate eggs and marshmallow bunnies will never be the same again.

The Easter Bunny or Easter Rabbit (sometimes Spring Bunny in the U.S.) is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs, who sometimes is depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Father Christmas, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. It was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Frankenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) referring to an Alsace tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs.

Eggs, like rabbits and hares, are fertility symbols of antiquity. Since birds lay eggs and rabbits and hares give birth to large litters in the early spring, these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox.

Rabbits and hares are both prolific breeders. Female hares can conceive a second litter of offspring while still pregnant with the first. This phenomenon is known as superfetation. Lagomorphs mature sexually at an early age and can give birth to several litters a year (hence the saying, “to breed like bunnies”). It is therefore not surprising that rabbits and hares should become fertility symbols, or that their springtime mating antics should enter into Easter folklore.

The Most Expensive Easter Bunny in the World

The Most Expensive Easter Bunny in the World

This Easter Bunny was on the auction block at Harrod’s. It is made to resemble the Lindt chocolate bunnies that were always wrapped in gold foil that we found in our Easter baskets on Easter morning left by the mysterious Easter Bunny. This Easter Bunny however, is not made from 200 grams of chocolate but 24-karat gold. It is inlaid with rubies, citrine, topaz, and diamonds. The Harrod’s bunny is inedible but flashy with it’s 24-karat gold, inlaid diamonds, rubies, citrine and topaz, and is valued in excess of $35,000. And the bunnies at Target were getting The Most Expensive Easter Bunny in the World.

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