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Oh my hat! Newly discovered Napoleon headpiece could fetch almost R3m

Hat with Napoleon’s DNA will be auctioned in London in October

Aleksander Solum

A newly discovered hat with DNA evidence proving it belonged to the legendary European statesman and general Napoleon Bonaparte was previewed by auction house Bonhams in Hong Kong on Monday.

Described by Bonhams as the “first hat to bear the emperor’s DNA”, it is on display in Hong Kong before it moves to Paris and then London, where it will be auctioned on October 27.

The hat, one of the iconic bicornes often seen in depictions of Napoleon on the battlefield, was bought by its present owner at a small German auction house that did not know at the time it had belonged to the emperor. “It was purely a chance encounter,” said Simon Cottle, MD for Bonhams Europe...

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