Long-lost bust of Napoleon re-emerges 200 years on

A marble bust of Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned by the emperor from Italian artist Giuseppe Franchi in 1797, and which was unwittingly sold at a French art market in 2019 as being that of an anonymous subject, is to be auctioned in London in July with an estimated upper value of £180,000.

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The oldest known sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte, crafted in the wake of his early military victories and then lost after his defeat at Waterloo, has been rediscovered two centuries on, reports The Times.