PARIS: A double-horned hat believed to belong to Napoleon Bonaparte was sold for a record price of 1 million 932 thousand euros ($2.11 million) at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Sunday.
It was initially estimated at between 600,000 and 800,000 euros. An official from the auction house said the price exceeded the 1,884,000 euros paid for another Napoleon hat at Drouot in 2014.
“The one on my left is one million four hundred and fifty thousand (euro), 1.5 million, there is 1.5 million in the room, and 1.5 million is for Napoleon’s hat. We leave it at 1.5 million for this great Napoleonic symbol, I’m selling it for 1.5 million (before fees), I have no regrets, I sold it,” said auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat, lowering the hammer to applause.
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Before the auction, Osenat said: Reuters The traditional double horn-shaped black beaver felt hat was a trademark of Napoleon, who owned approximately 120 such hats during his lifetime.
“Since Napoleon was a man of communication, the hat was part of the image he created,” Osenat said, adding that Napoleon always wore the hat with the corners aligned with his shoulders, while most people at the time wore it with the corners forward. back.
Hats believed to belong to Napoleon regularly appear at auctions. In October 2021, a newly discovered hat with DNA evidence proving it belonged to Napoleon was auctioned by Bonhams in London.
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