Weapons designed by French gunsmith Louis-Marin Gosset and belonging to former French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte are put up for auction.

1.69 MILLION EUROS

The weapons fetched 1.69 million euros at auction yesterday at the Osenat auction house near Fontainebleau Palace, where Napoleon attempted suicide in 1814.

ACCESSORIES ALSO SOLD

The guns are inlaid in gold and silver and have Napoleon's profile engraved on them.

The guns were sold at auction with their original box and various accessories, including a powder case.

A Napoleonic hat also fetched 1.9 million euros at an auction in November.

WEAPONS ARE NATIONAL TREASURE

The French Ministry of Culture recently recognized the weapons as a "national treasure" and banned their export.

This decision means that the French government must make a new offer to the unnamed buyer within 30 months.

USED FOR SUICIDE

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Napoleon reportedly used the guns to kill himself on April 12, 1814 after the defeat of his armies, but his aide Armand de Caulaincourt saved Napoleon's life by emptying the gunpowder from the gun.

Napoleon then survived because of the poison. Napoleon then gave the guns to Caulaincourt.

Editor: David Goodman