Although it’s said that he had more than 120 versions of the same hat, one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous black hats recently sold for more than $2 million.
The auction held in France on Sunday set a record for the former French emperor’s trademark hat. The hat is known as a two-cornered military dress hat.
The famous hat was part of a collection belonging to Jean Louis Noisiez, a French industrialist.
According to the auction house in Fontainebleau, there are only 16 hats left. The hat was made by a furrier at the emperor’s palace.
CNN reports that it is made of black beaver felt and is decorated with a tricolour cockade, or military rosette.
The hat sold for more than double its original estimate and is believed to have been worn by Napolean in the middle of his reign.
Another version of the hat sold for more than $400,000 in 2018. It’s believed that Napoleon always had 12 hats in service with each of them being used for three years before being replaced.
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