Napoleon's sword, pistols sold at US auction for $2.9 mn
The lot, which was put up for sale by the Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company, was sold on December 3 via phone to a buyer who has remained anonymous, company president Kevin Hogan told AFP.
With the $2.87 million sale, "the buyer of the Napoleon Garniture is taking home a very rare piece of history," Hogan said. "We are pleased to have provided the opportunity for them to acquire such a historic object."
The sword, with its scabbard, was the "crown jewel" of the collection, according to the auctioneers.
The weapon was made by Nicolas-Noel Boutet, who was director of the state arms factory in Versailles.
It was then recovered by a London museum. A US collector was its last owner, but the man recently died, according to the auction house.
In May, France celebrated the bicentennial of Napoleon's death.
The famed Corsican is one of the most divisive figures in French history, his huge contribution to the creation of the modern state set against his imperialism and war-mongering.