Nov 12, 2014
By Michael Kramer
One of history’s most famous hats is going up for auction.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous bicorn chapeau is also displayed next to the Chateau where the general lived – when he wasn’t leading troops across Europe.
The hat’s black felt is showing it’s age and use – although no one’s actually worn the hat – since Napoleon’s cavalry veterinarian wore it – after Napoleon gave it to him as a gift.
Pre-sale estimates range up to $623,000 for the hat – which is part of a collection belonging to Monaco’s royal family, who are distant relatives of Napoleon.
Also for sale are dozens of medals, documents, a jeweled sword, a Russian caviar spoon and a bronze eagle that once perched atop a battle flag – complete with bullet holes.