Napoleon's hair, teeth, stockings and penis. Welcome to the wonderful world of Wikicollecting... For the anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's death, Wikicollectors have put together a list of the top 5 strangest items of memorabilia relating to the emperor...
described as looking like a shrivelled eel, a shrivelled seahorse and a small shrivelled finger. It has been reported to be approximately 1”-1.5” long.
In 1977, the penis was sold by a Paris auction house for $3,000. The buyer was John K. Lattimer, a professor and former chairman of urology at the Columbia University.
The penis is still in possession of the Lattimer family.
Lattimer's daughter recently declined an offer of $100,000 for the penis.
5) Wallpaper - £1,250
A 3” scrap of wallpaper from the bedroom used by Napoleon during his imprisonment on St Helena by the British was sold for £1,250 by Mullock’s auctioneers in October 2003. It is one of the few surviving fragments of wallpaper from the room.
It is believed by some that Napoleon was poisoned by arsenic used in the wallpaper after it was found that a strand of his hair contained eight times the normal amount of the chemical.
The item was bought over the telephone by an institution with an interest in wallpaper.
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