A pair of shoes worn by Napoleon Bonaparte while in exile on the island of St. Helena, will be shown at a Paris auction later this month.
The 40-pair pair of shoes (roughly seven by British standards) was given to sculptor Carlo Marochette while he was working on an equestrian statue of Bonaparte by General Henri Gatian Bertrand, who was exiled by the French commander on the South Atlantic island, the auction house said. After his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, according to AFP.
The pair is expected to sell for 50,000 to 80,000 euros at the Drew house on November 29.
Napoleon owned a large collection of shoes he bought from the famous shoe manufacturer Jacques in Montmartre, Paris.
The son-in-law of the sculptor, Marochetti, gave the pair a shoe to French politician Paul Law and his family has since held it.