One of the European history greatest episodes, the French Revolution in 1793 still evokes a sense a historical nostalgia, as its implications changed the political sphere of the Western European nation. The noble and royalty from France were put to death via guillotine, and King Louis XVI wasn’t spared either. After his execution, Parisians struggled with each other to get a piece of memorabilia as heirloom, and one of them has come up for auction after all these years, which is a blood stained cloth stated to be King Louis XVI’s own. The auction of the cloth shall take place at the event organized by Coutau Begarie auction house, in Paris on April 3 this year.
Though the photograph of the cloth hasn’t been availed as of yet, but it is said that it is accompanied by a small coffin of its own, with the cloth placed alongside a note which says, ‘The precious blood of Louis XVI, 21 January 1793’. Now, how exactly true that claim really is, has to be solved via a DNA test, but then there would also be the additional need to find out, who the direct descendants of the executed King are, so that the final DNA can be matched with those on the cloth. Perhaps not the most memorable item per say, but with its roots in European history, there could very well be a chance that this cloth fetches record prices at the auction. Those that may be interested in memorabilia from the around the year, could perhaps take interest in the 1789 Vintage Cognac sale, 233-year old Courvoisier & Curlier cognac auction, and the sale of Queen Marie Antoinette’s shoes.
Another historic French royal memorabilia is the auction of the gold encrusted carbine gun of King Louis XV, but it will be seen at the James D Julia auction on March 11th and 12th, 2013. The firearm is known to have the king’s personal cipher, coat of arms in gold, and a rare Larenzoni repeat system which happens to be one of the most prized and complicated designs during its day. The price expected to be fetched by this rare military memorabilia, is in the region of $150,000 to $200,000. This brings back memories of the 2012 Rock Island gun auction, 2009 James D Julia auction, and the 2011 RIA firearm auction. Its not just the wines, the cars, and coins which have their charm!
UPDATE: Louis XVI's bloodstained cloth fetched a staggering 19,000 euros ($24,400) at a Paris auction. Kept in a miniature coffin, the cloth was estimated to go under the hammer for between 4,000 and 6,000 euros.