The press is reporting (a bit late) that the best surviving sword owned by Napoleon Bonaparte still in private hands was to be auctioned yesterday at Versailles by Osenat.
The sword is a Mameluke-style saber, a form of edged-weapon which became fashionable in France and Britain after Napoleon’s Campaign in Egypt in 1798.
The future Emperor, then First Consul, reputedly used this sword at the Battle of Marengo, June 14, 1800.
Napoleon presented the sword after the battle to one of his brothers as a wedding present. It has descended in the same family for eight generations.
Louis-FranÃ§ois (baron) Lejeune, Battle of Marengo, 1801
MusÃ©e National du ChÃ¢teau, Versailles, oil on canvas
1.8 m. x 2.5 m.
Doubtless stung by NYM’s criticism for slow reporting, Fox News has stepped up with the results of the auction. The sword sold for $6.4 million.
Hat tip to Frank. A. Dobbs.