Nobility Sells: Napoleon's Hat Goes For $2 Million

Napoleon Bonaparte's hat was auctioned for more than $2 million. For comparison, a collection of Princess Diana's dresses once sold for $1.2 million.

By Christine Slusser | November 17, 2014

A hat that touched a famous head just sold for millions. 

The chapeau of Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France during the 19th century.

ROBIN MEADE VIA HLN: "A guy paid more than $2 million. ... It was sold at auction to a collector in South Korea. Experts originally thought it might sell for $500,000."

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CNN said this was one for the history buffs and the hat was actually owned by Monaco's royal family before the auction. 

Sounds like a lot of dough, and if we compare this sale to some other royal items that went to auction, Napoleon wasn't sold ... short. Get it?

In 2013, a dress Princess Diana once wore while dancing with actor John Travolta sold at auction for about $360,000. An entire collection of her dresses sold for around $1.2 million. (Video via CNN)

And in 2011, this wacky hat Princess Beatrice famously wore to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding sold at auction for around $127,000. 

As for Napoleon, even a lock of his hair and one of his teeth have sold at past auctions.

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