Friday, July 16, 2010
A Lock of Napoleon's Hair Sells at Auction, From Kovel's Komments
A lock of Napoleon's hair sold on July 1 for $13,100 (U.S. dollars) at Art+Object, a New Zealand auction house. The hair had been cut from Napoleon's head after he died in 1821. Denzil Ibbetson, a British officer on St. Helena during Napoleon's exile there, kept the hair and other Napoleon memorabilia. Everything remained in his New Zealand family until this sale. We searched for a value based on earlier sales and found that in 1915 a different lock of Napoleon's hair sold for $107.50.
See more unique auctions at: Kovel's Komments
Penny and Doug
Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry
Quote of the Day:
"As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight." --Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776