A France-based art gallery, Imperial Art, is hosting the very first auction of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) linked to physical personal property that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte.
The historic sale
The unique auction is organized on the occasion of the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon I, as well as the 216th anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz and the 217th anniversary of the Emperor’s coronation. Five historical objects will be sold online as part of an NFT sale. The unique selection will be offered for sale via the digital platform OpenSea, according to information shared with Finbold.
National heritage objects
This unique auction organized by Imperial Art will include the following items:
- The cane of Napoleon of Saint Helena, a unique testimony to the last resting place of the emperor on Saint Helena. Carved from a whalebone by a Chinese craftsman from Saint Helena, the cane has a detachable pommel which allowed the emperor to point his armies on a map;
- A gold snuffbox that belonged to Napoleon I, in perfect condition, signed by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, the greatest miniature portrait painter of the Second Empire period. Such objects are extremely rare, the only similar objects being in the Palace of Versailles or in the Museum of Fontainebleau;
- A handwritten letter from Napoleon I to General Comte Bertrand, his grand marshal of the palace, who faithfully followed Napoleon into exile;
- An imperial bust of Napoleon I, official representation of the Emperor at the time of the Second Empire, in cast iron attributed to Vivant Denon.
- A miniature portrait of Napoleon I, an ivory painting in a bronze case, representing Napoleon in the uniform of a colonel of a hunter on horseback from the Guard, after the painting by Robert Lefèvre.
Tarik Bougherira, the founder of the Imperial Art gallery, said:
“We are extremely proud to launch this ambitious and unique project in the art market, especially on such a special date as the gallery’s third anniversary. Imperial Art is now setting a milestone for what I believe will be our market in the future. I also hope that through this operation, we will be able to bring the passion of art collecting to a new type of audience.“
The application of non-fungible tokens is growing in all fields, and in that of art and historical heritage in particular. However, the potential of NFTs has not yet fully discovered. With these capabilities, this unique technology could become a kind of digital vault for private data and copyright. We suggest that you stay with Cointribune so as not to miss the latest news on this matter!
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