Napoleon’s Relics Hit the Auction Block

Mar 7, 2014 3:10pm

 

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A 200-year-old shirt that Napoleon Bonaparte wore in his final days are among the treasure trove of items belonging to the former emperor that will be auctioned later this month in France.

Among the other items on the auction block are Napoleon’s ivory cane, handkerchiefs and a lock of the pint-size political leader’s hair.

The relics are being sold by the Osenat Auction House in Paris and have been barely touched since Bonaparte’s death on May 5, 1821 on the Atlantic island of St. Helena, according to Reuters.

Last year the auction house sold the diamond and sapphire engagement ring Napoleon gave his fiancee for $949,000.

The winning bidder, who wanted to remain anonymous, paid $949,000 — almost 50 times the $20,000 Osenat had expected to bring in. Including the buyer’s 25 percent commission to Osenat, the total price for the ring was $1.17 million.

 

 

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