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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Money does not buy taste

Russian billionaire and property developer Tamir Sapir (a business partner of Donald Trump) had decorative accessories seized from his $26 million yacht,"Mystere," by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after a routine inspection. What, you may wonder, did Mr. Sapir have that was so offensive? No, it wasn't leftovers from Rachel Ashwell's going-out-of-business sale or atmospheric black-and-white prints of the Eiffel Tower.
Found on the vessel:
1. Cigar boxes wrapped in elephant hide
2. Carved ivory tusks which decorated an entryway
3. A reticulated python cigarette holder
4. Over a dozen endangered animal pelts, including a jaguar rug

This week, a U.S. District Court judge slapped Sapir with $150,000 in fines. The money will pay for "the animal hides to be turned into a display, which will go up at airports and international ports throughout South Florida. There, they'll serve as a reminder of what can happen to anyone who attempts to smuggle similar items into the United States." And what can happen if one chooses to decorate like a sub-Saharan potentate.

[The Miami Herald]

19 comments:

Marco Costa said...

Excellent blog!

Alexis said...

Youch! That's awful!

Robin said...

Something tells me he's not a vegetarian.

And who new South Florida was such a hotbed of smuggling animal hides that they need visual aids?

Tikimama said...

They should just turn HIM into a carpet!

Lee said...

Amazing! Just goes to show, truth is definitely stranger than fiction. Obviously this man has far fewer brain cells than redneck.

g. said...

Well done. Creep.

*moggit girls said...

Idiot!

The TownhouseLady said...

I'm seething with rage right now. Glad they caught it but furious that there are actually ways to make it happen if you have enough money.

I'd love to tan his hide.

lucitebox said...

It's Mr. Burns of the Simpson come to life.

"See my vest, see my vest, made of real gorilla chest!"

griffo68 said...

My blood is boiling....unbelievable!!!!!

Anne (in Reno) said...

What a tragic waste. I say skin HIM and put him on display as a reminder what SHOULD happen to people who waste all that beauty and majesty for their own self-aggrandizing bad taste.

Raina said...

Hello Marco Costa and welcome!

Kate said...

I got to say, that someone with a $26 million yacht, isnt going to find a 150k fine much of a big deal.

nkp said...

That is just plain awful. What an asshole.

Jenny said...

I will never understand people's fascination with decorating with dead animals. Nothing says come in and take a load off like Bambi's severed head on the wall, right?

House of Slappy said...

Make sure Karly links to this post next time she does her Millionaire Fair post :)

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

urgh. Some people are just revolting.

erin@designcrisis said...

Just go to the zoo, already!

susieq said...

Asshole.