Nov 06, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The only known copy of the last will and testament of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte has sold at auction for $483,000 – more than twice the expected price.
An anonymous French buyer says he plans to keep the will in a private collection.
Napoleon’s will is dated April 16, 1821 and offers remarkable insights into his final days.
The emperor died 19 days after the will was written and the ailing 51-year-old stated that he wanted his ashes spread over the Seine River.
They were instead transferred to Paris’s “Invalides” monument nearly twenty years later.
The copy was written by an advisor but the original was penned in Napoleon’s illegible hand and is in France’s national archives. .