A rare letter written in English by Napoleon Bonaparte ‘Napoleon I’, one of the greatest and the most celebrated military leaders in history of West and first emperor of France, who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution, will now be auctioned by the France’s auction house Osenat in the French town of Fontainebleau, south of Paris on Sunday. However, it’s not new when items associated with Napoleon Bonaparte went on sale. Earlier, the little chair that this diminutive dictator is said to have sat on before his army was defeated at the battle of Waterloo went on auction, besides his lock of hair and a lithograph of his body soon after his death and his upper permanent canine tooth, fetched top bids in the auction.
Described as the very first letter written in English by French emperor on St. Helena, after he was defeated and exiled to the British island to live under military guard, this rare letter is expected to fetch a handsome price of $100,000 in the auction.
As said by Jean-Christophe of auction house Osenat, learning English behind the backs of his captors “was a sort of revenge, a historical revenge” for Napoleon. The auctioneer also said that Napoleon picked up English language relatively quickly, in about two to three years. The letter is described to be relatively well-written in comparison to the French people who learn English today.
Other of item associated with Napoleon Bonaparte that earlier went on sale includes:-
The remarkable, small wooden chair on which the most celebrated military leaders in history of West is said to have rested on in year 1815 at Courcelles in Belgium, 22 miles from the battlefield was expected to fetch a price of $18,540.
In June 2010, a lock of hair cut from Napoleon’s head the day after he died in May 1821 went for $15,500 and a lithograph and watercolor image of Napoleon soon after his death got auctioned for 12,880.
Also, Napoleon’s upper right permanent canine tooth believed to have been extracted from his mouth in year 1817, was sold for $13,590 in an auction held in Wiltshire in November 2005, and is the one of the weirdest celebrity memorabilia to go on auction.