Napoleon’s Tooth Fetches a Fine Price

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One of Napoleon Bonaparte’s upper canines fetched over $22,000 from a private collector at a recent auction in England. The tooth has made its way through several hands since it was in its original spot in the emperor’s mouth:

The tooth came with papers tracing it back to Napoleon’s physician Barry O’Meara, who apparently extracted it from the former French emperor’s mouth in 1817 during Napoleon’s exile on the British island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic. Napoleon died on the island four years later.

O’Meara passed the tooth on to Gen. Maceroni, aide to the King of Naples, who was married to Napoleon’s youngest sister Caroline. The last owner acquired the tooth from Maceroni’s great-granddaughter, Cecilia White, in 1956.

Source: [CNN]

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