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Napoleon Hat $2.4 Million: One of Emperor's Last Hats Sold at Auction

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A picture taken in Fontainebleau on November 16, 2014 shows one of Napoleon's famous two-pointed hats displayed in the Osenat auction house. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 07:20 PM

One of Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hats collected $2.4 million Monday at auction, bought by South Korean food company Harim.

One of 19 known to exist, the piece of apparel was mostly worn by Napoleon's veterinarian, who received it as a gift, according to The New York Times. It still fetched a sum befitting of an emperor.

The hat was part of a sale of Napoleon-era items from the collection of the Prince of Monaco. The bicorn hat was a Napoleon staple, and he wore it sideways as a way to distinguish himself on the battlefield.

"Everybody at the time wore that kind of hat one way, but Napoleon wore it the other way so that everybody would recognize his silhouette on the battlefield," said an Osenat auction house official, according to CNBC.

Napoleon is said to have worn some 120 similar hats during his 15-year reign as emperor, which ended in 1815. Most of the items that have been authenticated as belonging to him are housed in museums.

This hat sold for nearly five times the 400,000 euros ($498,000) it had been projected to receive. About 1,000 other pieces of Napoleon-era memorabilia were auctioned from the Monaco collection during the past three days.

Napoleon's hunting rifle also sold for 250,000 euros and a gilded crib went for 200,000 euros. In 2009, a saber that belonged to the emperor sold for nearly $6 million dollars.

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