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Sun Apr 19 17:43:23 SAST 2015

Napoleon's engagement ring on auction in Paris

Sapa-AFP | 16 February, 2013 14:06
Founded in 1613, French jewelry house Mellerio is the oldest family-owned company in Europe and has been making the FIFA 'Ballon d'Or' trophy since 1956.
A picture taken on December 18, 2012 shows a page order of the Empress Josephine de Beauharnais, first wife of French Emperor Napoleon I, displayed in the Mellerio jewelry store in Paris.
Image by: FRANCK FIFE / AFP PHOTO

A simple diamond and sapphire engagement ring that Napoleon Bonaparte offered to his first wife Josephine goes on auction near Paris next month, the auction house Osenat said on Friday.

The gold ring is topped by two pear-shaped stones and is estimated to fetch up to 12 000 euros ($16 000) at the March 24 auction in Fontainebleau, south of Paris.

"At the time, Napoleon had very little money. The ring is a very ordinary one," Jean-Christophe Chataignier, who head Osenat's department of historical objects, told AFP.

Napoleon married Josephine, the widow of French aristocrat Alexandre de Beauharnais, on March 9, 1796 just days after announcing their engagement.

The marriage was not well received by Napoleon's family who were shocked he had married an older widow with two children. Two days after the wedding Napoleon left to lead the French army in Italy.

The couple divorced in 1810 due to Josephine's inability to bear Napoleon a child.

Despite numerous affairs, remarriage and then exile, Napoleon never forgot her and his last words, according to those near him on his death bed, were: "France. The army. The head of the army. Josephine."

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