Now she's moved on to the missing czarist treasure map.
"If it was buried with him, we'd dig the old boy up," Barham laughs as she sits in her drawing room, which brims with other Hearst-era treasures in addition to the chandelier.
Though the map may have been stolen, it is also possible that it was caught up with other papers in the Barham family archives that have been donated over the years to colleges and universities, she says.
Barham says her stepfather's map corresponded precisely with a 1912 cartographic survey of Mongolia. Because of that, she says, she remembers the location of the treasure and is confident she would recognize the spot from the air.
"We want to do a flyover so we can record the exact GPS coordinates," she says. Then she plans to go in with authorities and retrieve the treasure.
And after 90 years, Barham pledges, the czar's crown jewels can return to Russia.
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