Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The only known copy of Napoleon Bonaparte’s will has sold at auction for $483,000, which is more than twice the expected price. The French buyer wishes to remain anonymous.
The French emperor’s original handwritten will is currently in France’s national archives. His will is dated April 16, 1821, nineteen days before his death. The ailing 51-year-old Bonaparte wished his ashes to be spread over the Seine River, but they were instead transferred to Paris’ Invalides monument.
See Napoleon Bonaparte’s Will Fetches Twice Expected Price at Paris Auction, CBS News, Nov. 6, 2013.
Special thanks to Adam J. Hirsch (Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.