British auction house Sotheby’s Key has announced that it has provided the key on its website The room where Napoleon was imprisoned by the British on St. Helena Island.
David McDonald, a British furniture specialist in Sotheby’s, said in a statement that the 13-centimeter-long piece of metal was found “in the armor, in the trunk of a Scottish house.”
According to Sotheby’s, the four-day auction will be priced at 5,000 5,000 (R $ 36,000) and will close on Thursday (14).
“The family that had her always knew she was somewhere, but she was in hiding,” he added.
After Bonaparte’s death in 1821, Charles Richard Fox, a soldier on St. Helena Island, took the keys to Scotland to give to his mother.
Eventually his successors found the key and decided to auction it off.
“We often see objects related to Napoleon, important paintings or furniture from one of his incredible addresses,” but David McDonald said, “but there is something very strong about this key, especially since it came from the place where he was arrested and from the room where he died.”
“It was as strong and powerful as it is today,” he calculated.
During a visit after Napoleon’s death, Fox locked the keys and admitted in his letter of September 6, 1822, that he would sell the property.