The sword, presented to Bonaparte by the Directory of the French Republic in 1797, was with him during the coup of 18 Brumaire.
A sword and a set of five firearms belonging to the French emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte (1769-1821) were sold to an anonymous buyer at an auction in the United States for $2.87 million. This was reported on Wednesday by Agence France-Presse with reference to the Rock Island Auction house.
“The buyer of Napoleon’s equipment is taking home a very rare piece of history,” Kevin Hogan, president of the auction house, told the agency.
The six-item lot, consisting of five firearms with exquisite engraving and relief carving, as well as a gilded sword by Nicolas-Noel Boutet, director of the Versailles State Armory, was initially estimated at $1.5-3.5 million. It is noted that the sword, presented to Bonaparte by the Directory of the French Republic in 1797, was with him during the coup of 18 Brumaire (November 9), 1799, after which Napoleon became the first consul of France.
It is believed that after Napoleon received the title of emperor, the sword was presented to General Jean-Andoche Junot, whose wife was forced to sell the weapon. According to the auction house, the last owner of the sword was a collector from the USA.