To Russia For Cash

A treasured Faberge egg collection is the latest sale in an eye-popping liquidation of Forbes family assets

Before he died in 1990, flamboyant publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes told his kids to find their own fun rather than carry on with the things he enjoyed. True to the old man's wishes, his five offspring have been selling off chunks of the Forbes art collection that took a lifetime to gather. The crown jewels went last week: nine rare Faberge eggs and sundry other works in a private sale to Russian oil and aluminum tycoon Viktor Vekselberg for more than $100 million.

The Forbes five--led by eldest son and former presidential candidate Steve and his brother Kip, who is vice...

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