American investigators claim to have found a unique Faberge egg on the superyacht of a Russian oligarch. This is reported by The Guardian.
We are talking about a yacht that was previously arrested by the US authorities in Fiji and is now moored in San Diego. The name of the owner is not mentioned in the article, but it is assumed that it could be an Amadea yacht, which is believed to be owned by billionaire Suleiman Kerimov. The vessel worth $325 million was just detained in Fiji in April of this year, as Kerimov was included in the sanctions list.
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said at a security forum in Aspen that it was one of the most “interesting” finds made by her team.
Let's move on to a spicy topic: yachts. We find some really interesting things. We found a supposed Faberge egg on one of the yachts, so things get interesting,
— Monaco said at a forum dedicated to discussing the role of law enforcement in freezing and seizing Russian assets.
We are working with our law enforcement colleagues around the world to conduct searches on these yachts to make sure we have powers, and we can go to court, arrest them, and then confiscate them,
— she added.
Monaco has said that if the jeweled egg is found to be authentic, it will be one of the few remaining in the world and will be worth millions of dollars.
Faberge eggs have become synonymous with riches and luxury since in 1885 the Russian Emperor Alexander III ordered a young jeweler to make such an egg as a gift to his wife Maria Feodorovna. This became a Romanov tradition for the next three decades. Faberge created only 50 eggs for the imperial family, and not all of them survived.