Napoleon's Hat From Waterloo Battle Brings $400,000 at Auction

Napoleon reviews the Imperial Guard before the Battle of Jena.
Napoleon reviews the Imperial Guard before the Battle of Jena.
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte's hat

    Napoleon Bonaparte's hat

A hat said to have been dropped by Napoleon Bonaparte on the battlefield of Waterloo catapulted to about $400,000 at an auction in France.

The over 200-year-old artifact, one of 19 extant of Napoleon's iconic black bicorns, sold in Lyon for 350,000 euros, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of 30,000 to 40,000 euros. The buyer was an unidentified European.

The hat's sale took place on the 203rd anniversary of Waterloo, the site of Napoleon's famous defeat.

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