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Copy of Napoleon's will fetches $480,000 at Paris auction

A copy of Napoleon Bonaparte's will, drawn up in 1821 when the former French emperor was living in exile, has been sold at auction for 357,000 euros ($480,000). The item went under the hammer at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Wednesday. It had been estimated fetch 80,000 to 120,000 euros by Artemisia Auctions, which organised the sale. The document was handwritten by Napoleon's field assistant, the Count of Montholon, when the former emperor was in exile on the British island of Saint Helena.

Napoleon's engagement ring on auction in Paris

A simple diamond and sapphire engagement ring that Napoleon Bonaparte offered to his first wife Josephine goes on auction near Paris next month, the auction house Osenat said on Friday. The gold ring is topped by two pear-shaped stones and is estimated to fetch up to 12,000 euros ($16,000) at the March 24 auction in Fontainebleau, south of Paris. "At the time, Napoleon had very little money. The ring is a very ordinary one," Jean-Christophe Chataignier, who head Osenat's department of historical objects, told AFP.
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