Napoleon's hat sells for $2 million at auction

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

Napoleon Bonaparte's hat just sold for millions: The chapeau of the emperor of France during the 19th century went for more than $2 million.

"It was sold at auction to a collector in South Korea. Experts originally thought it might sell for $500,000," Robin Meade reported on HLN.

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.

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Employees stand behind one of Napoleon's hat at its auction in Fontainebleau, South of Paris, Sunday Nov. 16, 2014. Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat was sold 1.5 million euros, $1,930,000. One of Napoleon Bonaparte's famous hats was among over 1,000 items relating to the French general that were auctioned near Paris this weekend. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Korean businessman Tka Lee, center, faces reporters after buying Napoleon's hat at its auction in Fontainebleau, south of Paris, Sunday Nov. 16, 2014. Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat was sold 1.5 million euros (1,930,000 US Dollars). One of Napoleon Bonaparte's famous hats was among over 1,000 items relating to the French general that were auctioned near Paris this weekend. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 12: A painting of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's from the Napoleonic collection of the Palais de Monaco is displayed on November 12, 2014 in Fontainebleau, France. The sale of the Palace of Monaco's extraordinary Napoleonic Collection, organized by the Osenat and Binoche & Giquello auction firms will take place in Fontainebleau on 15 and 16 November 2014. This collection, running to nearly 1000 lots, was assembled by Prince Louis II (1870-1949) at the start of the 20th century and enriched by Prince Rainier III. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 12: A white marble bust of Napoleon Bonaparte from the Napoleonic collection of the Palais de Monaco is displayed on November 12, 2014 in Fontainebleau, France. The sale of the Palace of Monaco's extraordinary Napoleonic Collection, organized by the Osenat and Binoche & Giquello auction firms will take place in Fontainebleau on 15 and 16 November 2014. This collection, running to nearly 1000 lots, was assembled by Prince Louis II (1870-1949) at the start of the 20th century and enriched by Prince Rainier III. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 12: An Imposing framed and glazed reliquary of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte from the Napoleonic collection of the Palais de is displayed on November 12, 2014 in Fontainebleau, France. The sale of the Palace of Monaco's extraordinary Napoleonic Collection, organized by the Osenat and Binoche et Giquello auction firms will take place in Fontainebleau on 15 and 16 November 2014. This collection, running to nearly 1000 lots, was assembled by Prince Louis II (1870-1949) at the start of the 20th century and enriched by Prince Rainier III. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
An employee prepares Napoleon's hat before its auction in Fontainebleau, South of Paris, Sunday Nov. 16, 2014. Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat was sold for 1.5 million euros, $1,930,000. One of Napoleon Bonaparte's famous hats was among over 1,000 items relating to the French general that were auctioned near Paris this weekend. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 06: Top from left, postage stamp honouring the landing in Provence (1944), 1969; postage stamp commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), 1969; bottom from left, postage stamp depicting a Mediterranean mouflon, 1969; postage stamp honouring the European Charter on Water Resources, 1969; postage stamp depicting a statue by Auguste Rodin, The Age of Bronze, 1974. France, 20th century. France (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 12: A visitor looks at a painting of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's from the Napoleonic collection of the Palais de Monaco on November 12, 2014 in Fontainebleau, France. The sale of the Palace of Monaco's extraordinary Napoleonic Collection, organized by the Osenat and Binoche & Giquello auction firms will take place in Fontainebleau on 15 and 16 November 2014. This collection, running to nearly 1000 lots, was assembled by Prince Louis II (1870-1949) at the start of the 20th century and enriched by Prince Rainier III. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
An auction house employee carries Napoleon's hat prior to its auction in Fontainebleau, South of Paris, Sunday Nov. 16, 2014. Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat was sold 1.5 million euros, $1,930,000. One of Napoleon Bonaparte's famous hats was among over 1,000 items relating to the French general that were auctioned near Paris this weekend. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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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.

Back in 2011, the 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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