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World Napoleon's Waterloo hat goes on sale

13:57  18 june  2018
13:57  18 june  2018 Source:   bbc.com

Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for 350,000 euros

  Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for 350,000 euros A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for 350,000 euros ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor. The final price far exceeded the expected 30,000 to 40,000 euros for the distinctive "bicorne" hat, which Napoleon wore sideways -- rather than with points at the front and back -- so he could easily be spotted on the battlefield.The identify of the buyer was not disclosed.

Napoleon ' s Waterloo hat goes under hammer A military hat belonging to Napoleon , said to have been salvaged from the battlefield after his 1815 The bicorne had a pre- sale estimate of €30,000 to The last military engagement fought by Napoleon , Waterloo marked the end of the Napoleonic wars.

AFP. Napoleon was well known for his "bicorne" (two-pointed) hats. A military hat belonging to Napoleon , said to have been salvaged from the battlefield after his 1815 defeat at Waterloo , is due to be auctioned in Lyon later on Monday.

This hat of Napoleon's was said to have been worn at the Battle of Marengo in Italy in 1800© Getty Images This hat of Napoleon's was said to have been worn at the Battle of Marengo in Italy in 1800

A military hat belonging to Napoleon, said to have been salvaged from the battlefield after his 1815 defeat at Waterloo, is due to be auctioned in Lyon later on Monday.

The former French emperor was renowned for his "bicorne" hats, so-called because they had two points.

Napoleon's battle garb has become a focus for collectors over the years.

The red cloak he wore at Waterloo belongs to the Queen and has been in the Royal Collection since 1837.

The ankle-length, embroidered cloak was worn by Napoleon on the night before the French defeat and was looted from his carriage after the victory by Allied troops.

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Napoleon ' s battle garb has become a focus for collectors over the years. The red cloak he wore at Waterloo belongs to the Queen and has been in the Royal Collection since 1837. The De Baecque auction house confirmed Monday's sale in Lyon, 203 years to the day since the battle.

Original hats worn by Napoleon that exist today are in museums and the last one that came up for public sale was in France in 1968. The hat going up for auction was recovered by Napoleon ' s personal vet, Joseph Giraud. Now this example is to be auctioned later this week in France for a

This picture taken on 14 June 2018 in Lyon, southern France, shows the hat allegedly attributed to Emperor Napoleon I: Napoleon was well known for his © AFP Napoleon was well known for his "bicorne" (two-pointed) hats

A man of many hats

The hat being auctioned on Monday - which was bought by a private individual in 1986 - is expected to fetch in the region of €30,000-€40,000 (£26,000-£35,000).

It is one of 19 of Napoleon's hats thought to still exist - the emperor is said to have worn some 120 similar hats during his career.

He normally had 12 hats in service, each with a three-year lifespan. They were renewed at a rate of four per year, and were first worn by valets to break them in for the emperor.

Napoleon wore his sideways, rather than with points at the front and back, so he could be spotted on the battlefield.

A similar hat - part of a collection owned by Monaco's royal family - sold at auction for €1.9m to the owner of the South Korean food and agriculture giant Harim four years ago.

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The hat which French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte wore during the Battle of Waterloo heads back to the battlefield which saw his demise. Report by Claire Mewse.

A hat that Napoleon wore in the legendary Waterloo battle goes for 0 in recent sale . But while this commanding and morbid battle put an end to the great Napoleonic wars in which 5 million would perish, an important albeit tiny aspect of the former battle is still being remembered over a century of

That hat was apparently donned by Napoleon during the Battle of Marengo in 1800.

The hat being sold on Monday - not in as good a condition as the one sold in 2014 - is said to have been collected after the battle of Waterloo by a Dutch captain, Baron Arnout Jacques van Zuijlen van Nijevelt.

"There are also other little details: he hated the trimming and always had it removed; he requested reinforcements at certain points where he always held it," auctioneer Etienne De Baecque told AFP news agency.

Last November, a gold laurel leaf from the crown made for Napoleon's coronation was sold for €625,000.

Napoleon declared himself emperor in 1804 and waged war with other European powers, conquering much of the continent, before his final defeat in 1815.

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