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  01 Dec 2021, 09:01

Sword carried by Napoleon in 1799 coup up for auction in US

  NEW YORK, Dec 1, 2021 (AFP) - The dress sword carried by Napoleon Bonaparte
when he staged a coup in 1799 will go under the hammer at the weekend with
five other weapons that belonged to the French emperor, US auctioneers
announced.

  The lot, which will be put up for auction from December 3 to 5 by the
Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company, is valued at $1.5 million to $3.5
million.

  The sword, with its scabbard, is the "crown jewel" of the collection, said
the auctioneers, who will host the sale both in person and online.

  The weapon was made by Nicolas-Noel Boutet, who was director of the state
arms factory in Versailles.

  After being crowned emperor, Napoleon is believed to have presented the
sword to general Jean-Andoche Junot, but the general's wife later was forced
to sell it to pay off debts.

  It was then recovered by a London museum. A US collector was its last
owner, but the man recently died, according to the auction house.

  In May, France celebrated the bicentennial of Napoleon's death.

  The famed Corsican is one of the most divisive figures in French history,
his huge contribution to the creation of the modern state set against his
imperialism and war-mongering.

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