A gold-encrusted sabre wielded by none other than Napoleon himself has fetched a world record sum at auction in France. The new owner has not been identified, but the auctioneers have said the sword will stay with the Emperor’s descendants who originally put it up for sale.
The gavel finally fell at four point eight million euros. Napoleon carried the sword in June 1800 when he launched a surprise attack on the Austrian army at Marengo, sealing the French victory. Declared a national treasure in 1978, by law the sabre must remain in France for at least five months of the year.