Monday 18 November 2019
Step into Napoleon's shoes. Photo: Christophe Archambault / AFP

A pair of boots worn by Napoleon during his final exile in St.Helena are set to be auctioned off in Paris, on 29 November 2019. The size 40 boots (roughly seven in British measure) were given to a sculptor working on an equestrian statue of Napoleon by General Henri Gatien Bertrand.

Auctioneers said Betrand had followed the French leader into exile on the far-flung South Atlantic island after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. General Bertrand then returned to France after the death of his beloved leader in 1821. Many French people still suspect Napoleon was poisoned by his British prison officers.

The French military leader had a large collection of footwear which he bought from Paris shoemakers, Jacques, in Montmartre. The boots to be sold at the auction were gifted by the son of sculptor Carlo Marochetti, to the French politician Paul Le Roux, a minister under the Second Empire of Napoleon’s nephew, Napoleon III.

His family has kept them since, said auctioneers Binoche & Giquello. The shoes could fetch up to US$88,000 once it goes under the hammer. Although British propagandists often caricatured the Corsican as an authoritarian midget, at 1.69 metres, he was actually above average height for his time. So if he could pull off these boots, so can you – it’s at least guaranteed to give you legs for days.

Source: AFP Relax News


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