Tooth believed Napoleon's sold at auction





A tooth, believed to have been extracted from Napoleon's mouth, was sold at auction in London, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, for 12,939 pounds (19,200 euros, US$22,600). The tooth, part of a small collection of Napoleon Bonaparte items, was bought by a private collector from England who asked to remain anonymous, said Chris Albury from Dominic Winter, an auction house in Swindon, southwest England. Albury said the previous owner, who died recently, was a Napoleonic scholar. 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 the Frenchman's exile on the British island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.


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