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Step into Account in a Set of Napoleon’s boots

A Paris auction house is providing buyers an opportunity to step into account in a set of boots considered to have belonged to former French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Auctioneer Alexandre Giquello admits that it is difficult to verify if the boots belonged to the ousted leader. However, they fit descriptions of requests Napoleon put together with his shoemaker Jacques at the rue de Montmartre and so were owned by Napoleon’s buddy Henri-Gatien Bertrand following the emperor’s death in 1821.

The boots were utilized as the design for a sculpture of Napoleon riding a horse designed for his grave. They were subsequently passed to early-20th-century French senator Paul le Roux, whose family has owned them since the auction house asserts.

Piquillo claims the”components of provenance” functioned perfectly, regardless of the dearth of historical documentation. And, he states, the sale provides prospective buyers the opportunity to own an iconic piece of background:

“It is amazing to market this kind of item. We all know quite well that picture of Napoleon through the entire world: the hat, the boots, and possibly the frock coat.”

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Assuming the boots didn’t belong to Napoleon, they put paid into the longstanding myth which Napoleon was especially brief, Giquello states:

“They’re the equal of a contemporary size 40. We’ve got this thought now that the emperor was a short guy but it’s certainly not accurate because he had been 1.68 meters, that was not little at all for its time”.

Piquillo blames the offender on propaganda from British papers which caricatured the French overall as fat and short.