Suspected Fabergé egg found on yacht seized from Russian oligarch

US authorities believe they found a Fabergé egg aboard a yacht owned by a Russian oligarch. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told the Aspen Security Forum last week that the “KleptoCapture” working group of the Ministry of JusticeAn interagency law enforcement task force tasked with holding Russian oligarchs to account recently discovered “some really interesting things” on the seized vessels.

She continued: “We recovered a Fabergé – or a so-called Fabergé egg – from one of these [yachts] so it’s getting more and more interesting.”

Although Monaco did not specify on which yacht the jeweled trinket was found, it said the boat was currently docked in San Diego, after arriving from Fiji. Therefore, all signs point to a $300 million yacht known as Amadea, a boat believed to belong to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, which Fijian authorities have seized on last month and delivered to the United States. arrived in San Diego only a few weeks ago.

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“We are working with our law enforcement counterparts around the world to research these yachts to make sure we have the authority and can go to court, seize them and then confiscate the proceeds,” he said. added Monaco.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a slew of assets belonging to Russian oligarchs have been seized by the United States and European nations, including numerous yachts, a Diego Rivera painting, Côte d’Azur mansions Azure, etc.

The United States has not released any photos of the alleged Fabergé egg, leading experts to doubt Monaco’s claims. Of the 50 eggs originally made by Fabergé, 43 are now listed. The missing seven have been missing for more than a century.

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“The likelihood of it being real is pretty low, I think, probably,” Tony Faber, author of Fabergé Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of Masterpieces That Survived an Empire, Told CNN. “There are 50 of these eggs made, and they are fabulous – these wonderful examples of creativity, of luxury, of these connections to the decadent Romanovs and their court, but there are only 50 of them, and we know where they are. 43 of them. I don’t think it’s probably one of those 43, so we’re down to the missing seven, which have all but disappeared since the revolution.”

Fabergé dealer Andre Ruzhnikov agreed with Faber’s assessment. He said The arts journal“There is not a single Fabergé egg that can be bought on the market today. There have been no Imperial Fabergé eggs on the market for 18 years, since the sale of the [Malcolm Forbes Fabergé] collection at [Viktor] Vekselberg in 2004.” Moreover, Ruzhnikov added that Kerimov was not known as an art collector.

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