A bronze copy of the death mask of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) put up for auction in the American city of New Orleans (Louisiana)


A bronze copy of the death mask of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) put up for auction in the American city of New Orleans (Louisiana)

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A bronze copy of the death mask of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was auctioned in the US city of New Orleans (Louisiana) for $ 34.5 thousand, TASS reports citing Fox News.

According to the channel, the auction, organized by the M. S. Rau Antiques art gallery, is dedicated to the 250th birthday of Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15).

Until now, it was believed that Napoleon’s death mask was removed on St. Helena by his personal physician Francesco Antommarchi, who died in 1838 in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Now, however, it is believed that "it was a British military doctor Francis Burton and that he removed his death mask on May 7, 1821," the gallery website says.

According to her, there are several copies of this mask. One of them is kept at the Louisiana State Cabildo Museum in New Orleans. The original is on display at the Napoleonic Museum in Havana.

Two years ago, at an auction in Fontainebleau, one of the monarch’s famous triangles was sold for almost 2 million euros. The House of Disabled, on whose territory the tomb of Napoleon is located, is visited by almost 1.5 million people every year.