The authenticity of the egg is still being established, and the yacht, according to rumors, belongs to Suleiman Kerimov
The egg, probably the work of the famous Faberge, was seized on the superyacht of the Russian oligarch, which last month was detained in Fiji. NYpost writes about it.
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said the gem-encrusted egg was one of the more “interesting” discoveries her team has made regarding Russian assets abroad and could be worth millions if it turns out to be genuine. .
Although U.S. officials spoke evasively, journalists found out that it was a $325 million Amadea yacht owned by Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian oligarch and ex-boyfriend of Anastasia Volochkova and Tina Kandelaki.
At the end of June, federal law enforcement agencies sent Suleiman Kerimov's yacht Amadea from Fiji to the United States across the Pacific Ocean. The voyage was made after a protracted litigation over the ownership of the ship.
Now “Amadea” is moored in the port of San Diego. Kerimov is suspected of money laundering and was sanctioned in 2018 for Russia's annexation of Crimea, according to US officials. Monaco has stated at a security forum that it supports the idea of selling the seized Russian assets and has applied to the US Congress for permission to transfer the proceeds from the transactions to Ukraine.
If the authenticity of the egg is confirmed, it will be great news. There are not so many authentic eggs produced by the legendary House of Faberge in the world. Carl Faberge created jewelry, trinkets, figurines of precious stones, but he gained the main fame thanks to the precious eggs that he made for Easter.
They were created from expensive metals and precious stones and often contained some secret . Charles created the first of the eggs for Emperor Alexander II. He gave it to his wife Maria Feodorovna. A total of 71 eggs are known, 52 of which were created for the imperial court. 48 eggs have survived to this day. We also know about the “Rothschild egg”, which was sold at auction in 2007 and which was not mentioned in the documents of the jewelry house. One egg, named “Basket of Flowers”, is in the collection of the British Queen.
In 2004, Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg bought the collection of Faberge eggs from the descendants of tycoon Malcolm Forbes. Now it is on display in St. Petersburg.
It is possible that the egg found on Kerimov's yacht is a fake. Faberge eggs are often faked.