Lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair sells for $25,000 at Auckland auction

A lock of former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair has been sold at auction in Auckland.

A private bidder paid $25,000 for the unusual historical remnant at Cordy’s auction house in Remuera last month.

The fine, auburn curls were said to be cut from the military general’s head the day after his death in exile on the island of St Helena in the Atlantic Ocean in May 1821.

The rare and unusual historical artefact was kept within a folded handwritten note which says: “Aged 52. Lock of hair cut off the Emperor Napoleon’s head after his death at St. Helena & given to Mrs. Grimstone by Mons. Novarre (sic) – June 20th, 1823.”

The hair was reportedly cut from Napoleon Bonaparte's head after his death. Photo / Supplied
The hair was reportedly cut from Napoleon Bonaparte’s head after his death. Photo / Supplied

Jean Abram Novarre, a Swiss-born loyal servant of Napoleon, reportedly shaved Napoleon’s head after his death and before a cast was taken

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