The world-famous Amber Room was a work of singular baroque exuberance. Embellished with over six tons of amber resin, it represented more than a decade of work by some of Europe’s finest artisans. And given the sheer splendor of the chamber, not to mention the craftsmanship put into its creation, it’s perhaps no surprise that in 2016 the room’s contents were estimated to be worth over $500 million.
A description of the Amber Room by two Russian art historians suggests that it was something special too. In their 1995 book Beautiful Loot: The Soviet Plunder of Europe’s Art Treasures, Grigorii Kozlov and Konstantin Akinsha wrote, “When the work was finished, in 1770, the room was dazzling. It was illuminated by 565 candles, whose light was reflected in the warm gold surface of the amber and sparkled in the mirrors, gilt and mosaics.”
However, the Amber Room ultimately disappeared in the chaos of the Second World War, as it was stolen from Soviet Russia by Nazi Germany. And since then, many theories have attempted to explain exactly what happened to the stunning space.