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Report: Egg Seized From Russian Yacht Was a 'Fauxbergé'

Experts agree find is unlikely to be lost imperial egg worth millions: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Experts were understandably skeptical when the Justice Department announced in July that it had possibly found a Fabergé egg on a seized Russian yacht . Fifty-two jeweled Easter eggs were commissioned for the Russian Imperial family from 1885 to 1916, with 50 of those delivered before the monarchy was toppled in...

Russian Oligarch Is Officially Out of a Superyacht

Dmitry Pumpyansky's luxury boat was the first to be auctioned, for $37.5M, over Ukraine sanctions

(Newser) - Update: The luxury superyacht seized from Russian oligarch Dmitry Pumpyansky and put up for sale in the first auction of its kind related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine ended up selling for $37.5 million in an auction that garnered 63 bids, the Guardian reports. The buyer's identity...

Video of Superyacht's Sinking Released
Video Captures
Last Moments

Video Captures Superyacht's Last Moments

129-foot luxury vessel sank off the coast of Italy

(Newser) - A 129-foot superyacht valued at $7.8 million has joined countless other shipwrecks at the bottom of the Mediterranean—and video released by Italy's coast guard shows its final moments. The video shows the MY Saga struggling against waves in the Ionian Sea, which lies between Italy and Greece,...

Bezos' Superyacht Avoids an Egging
Bezos' Superyacht
Avoids an Egging

Bezos' Superyacht Avoids an Egging

Y721 moved before masts are added, meaning historic Dutch bridge remains in place

(Newser) - Dutch citizens have lost their reason for wishing to pelt Jeff Bezos and his superyacht with eggs . Though it was initially expected that a massive bridge in the city of Rotterdam would need to be dismantled to allow the billionaire's $500 million superyacht to reach the sea, the 417-foot...

Inside Seized Superyacht: an Alleged Faberge Egg
Inside Seized
Russian Yacht, an
'Interesting' Find
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Inside Seized Russian Yacht, an 'Interesting' Find

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco says alleged Faberge egg was recovered

(Newser) - US law enforcement officials who seized a Russian oligarch's $300 million yacht found what could be considered the ultimate symbol of opulence inside: an alleged Fabergé egg. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday that the jeweled egg was one of the more "...

Russian Superyacht Arrives in Hawaii Flying US Flag

Amadea was seized after Fiji legal battle

(Newser) - A Russian-owned superyacht seized by the United States arrived in Honolulu Harbor on Thursday flying an American flag. The US last week won a legal battle in Fiji to take the $325 million vessel and immediately sailed it to Hawaii. The FBI has linked the Amadea to the Russian oligarch...

US Wins Round in Battle to Seize Superyacht
Fiji Superyacht Is
Now in US Custody

Fiji Superyacht Is Now in US Custody

US sailed oligarch-linked Amadea away soon after top court ruled in its favor

(Newser) - Update: The United States won a legal battle on Tuesday to seize a Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji and wasted no time in taking command of the $325 million vessel and sailing it away from the South Pacific nation. Fiji's Supreme Court lifted a stay order which had prevented the...

Putin May Own Superyacht About to Sail Out of Italy
Superyacht Suspected of
Ties to Putin Is Seized

Superyacht Suspected of Ties to Putin Is Seized

Italian authorities boarded the Scheherazade on Friday

(Newser) - Update: The Scheherazade isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The 459-foot, $700 million superyacht that's believed to be tied to (and possibly owned by) Russian President Vladimir Putin was ordered by the Italian government to be seized on Friday, reports Reuters . Police impounded the six-deck vessel in the port...

Oligarch's Superyacht Vanishes
Oligarch's Superyacht Vanishes
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Oligarch's Superyacht Vanishes

Boat owned by Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov stops transmitting signals

(Newser) - A Russian billionaire may be trying to get sneaky to keep his superyacht from being seized. The Daily Beast reports that a massive vessel owned by Vagit Alekperov, head of Russian energy giant Lukoil, has vanished in a sense. The Galactica Super Nova departed Montenegro on March 2 and then,...

This Russian Oligarch Just Lost His Superyacht
Superyacht Seized as It
Prepared 'to Sail Off Urgently'
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Superyacht Seized as It Prepared 'to Sail Off Urgently'

France seizes $120M yacht linked to Putin's friend and ally Igor Sechin

(Newser) - Two days after he was sanctioned by the European Union, Russian oligarch Igor Sechin lost his superyacht. France on Wednesday seized the 280-foot yacht Amore Vero ("True Love"), with a reported price tag of $120 million, reports CNN . The ship, reportedly owned by an entity of which Sechin...

Ukrainian Takes Out War Rage on Russian Boss's Yacht

Sailor angry at Russia's invasion allegedly tried to sink oligarch's $7.8M vessel in Majorca

(Newser) - People are coping with the Russian invasion of Ukraine in different ways, but for one Ukrainian sailor on the Spanish island of Majorca, his coping mechanism took a particularly vengeful turn: He tried to sink a Russian oligarch's $7.8 million superyacht, reports the BBC . The nearly 160-foot-long Lady...

Billionaire's Pandemic Cruise Does Not Go Well
Billionaire's Pandemic
Cruise Does Not Go Well
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Billionaire's Pandemic Cruise Does Not Go Well

Girlfriend and mother of hockey club owner Eugene Melnyk file suit against their captain

(Newser) - The pandemic getaway cruise was a bust. The ensuing lawsuits are a hoot. Back in December, the billionaire owner of the NHL's Ottawa Senators chartered a $500,000-a-week superyacht to sail around the Bahamas, reports CTV News . Now, two lawsuits from the girlfriend and the mother of Eugene Melnyk...

Jeff Bezos’ New Yacht Will Have Its Own Yacht
Jeff Bezos Is Building
a Very, Very Big Boat

Jeff Bezos Is Building a Very, Very Big Boat

His superyacht will come with a 'support yacht'

(Newser) - It sounds like a punchline: Jeff Bezos is so rich that his yacht has a yacht. Except, as Bloomberg reports, it's true. Bezos is having a boat built that will be among the biggest sailing yachts on the seas—417 feet long, multiple decks, three masts, etc. Alas, there'...

This Superyacht Is First of Its Kind. A Big Name May Buy It

Bill Gates rumored to be scooping up $640M monster, world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht

(Newser) - A world first is expected to hit the high seas in another four years or so, and the world's sometimes-richest man may be placing an order for it. The Guardian and Telegraph reported that Aqua , a 370-foot superyacht designed by Sander Sinot and worth about $640 million, was purchased...

Mega-Yacht Blaze Is 'Biggest Fire Loss' in Fla. City's History

2 superyachts in Fort Lauderdale were worth $23M

(Newser) - It took 100 firefighters more than four hours Saturday morning to bring a smoke- and flame-spewing blaze under control at a Fort Lauderdale marina. By the time they'd put out the worst of it, the inferno had caused what the city's Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan now says is...

Report: World's Most Expensive Painting Is on Prince's Yacht

Sources say Saudi prince had da Vinci 'whisked away'

(Newser) - A $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting could end up in Davy Jones' locker if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's superyacht sinks, according to Artnet , which says it has tracked down "the world’s most expensive, missing-in-action painting." Sources tell Artnet that the painting was "...

Saddam Hussein's Swanky Superyacht Now a Hotel for Sailors
Saddam's Superyacht
Gets a New Use

Saddam's Superyacht Gets a New Use

Basrah Breeze will be used as a hotel of sorts, for sailors

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein's swanky superyacht , built for the Iraqi dictator in 1981 but never actually boarded by him, has a new use: It's a sailors' hotel, to be used by the sea pilots who guide shipping in and out of Iraq's port at Basra, many of whom live...

Her Ex Tried to Hide a $500M Superyacht. It Didn't Work

Tatiana Akhmedova will get 380-foot luxury Luna in her divorce settlement with Russian oligarch

(Newser) - Persistence and a little detective work has paid off for Tatiana Akhmedova, in the form of a $500 million superyacht to be handed over to her by her soon-to-be ex-husband. Reuters and the South China Morning Post report that UK judge Charles Haddon-Cave has ordered Russian oligarch Farkhad Akhmedov to...

Steve Jobs' Superyacht Impounded

Over a bill issued after he was dead

(Newser) - Dead people are always such deadbeats. That includes Steve Jobs, whose Dutch-built "superyacht" has been impounded in Amsterdam, the AFP reports, over two bills issued after he died. The yacht's designer, Philippe Starck, says Jobs' estate is stiffing him; the estate says Starck should only get a percentage...

Ex Citigroup CEO Selling Yacht for $69.5M

The Sandy Weill sell-off continues

(Newser) - After selling his Manhattan penthouse to a 22-year-old Russian heiress for $88 million , former Citigroup chief Sandy Weill is trying to offload his yacht as well. The 200-foot super yacht April Fool, which Weill rarely used in the five years since he bought it new, is being offered for a...

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