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

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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.

Triceratops skeleton 'Big John' sells for 6.6m euros at Paris auction

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The largest skeleton ever found of a triceratops dinosaur, dating from the the Cretaceous period around 66 million years ago, discovered in the US in 2014 and composed of 200 pieces, has sold at the Paris Drouot auction house for 6.65 million euros.

Rare 17th-century French coins found by builders sell for 1.2m euros

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The 239 pieces of gold coins minted before the French Revolution were found by builders in the walls of a mansion they were renovating near Quimper, in Brittany, and the profit from their auction will be divided between the owners and the workmen.

France bans export of auctioned 24m-euro Cimabue masterpiece

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A tiny painting by 13th-century Florentine painter Cimabue, which was found by chance above a hotplate in the kitchen of an elderly lady in northern France and subsequently bought at an auction for 24 million euros by US-based private collectors, has been refused an export licence by the French authorities who have declared it a 'national treasure'.

Mozart minuets sold for more than 370,000 euros at Paris auction

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The handwritten score for two minuets, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in  1772 when he was 16-years-old, fetched 372,500 euros ($413,000), well above their initial estimated worth, at a Sotheby's auction in Paris on Monday.

Renaissance painting found in kitchen in France sells for €24m

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The painting 'Christ Mocked' by Italian artist Cimabue had been valued at between €4m and €6m before auction.

French Queen Marie-Antoinette's jewels up for auction

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Jewels which belonged to France's Austrian-born queen Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI who was guillotined in 1793 following the French Revolution at the age of 37, are to go to auction in Geneva on Thursday, with one pendant valued at 2 million dollars, all part of a major collection of jewellery being sold by Italy's royal Bourbon-Parma house.

Bottle of French wine from 1774 sold at auction for 103,700 euros

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A bottle of Vin Jaune from the Arbois region of eastern France dating from the harvest of 1774, when the last French monarch King Louis XVI was still the country's ruler, has sold for a record 103,700 euros at an auction in the French Jura region, while two other bottles of the same vintage sold for 76,250 euros and 73,200 euros.

Woolly mammoth skeleton sells at French auction for 548,000 euros

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The giant skeleton of a male, which was discovered in permafrost in Siberia ten years ago and is believed to be the largest in private ownership, was sold at an auction in Lyon. 

Dinosaur skeleton sold for more than 1m euros in French auction

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The bones of the 7.5-metre-long allosaurus, a ferocious carnivore which became extinct 135 million years ago, were sold in Lyon to an unnamed French buyer who has pledged to put it on public display in France.

Drawing from Tintin comic sells for 1.55m euros in Paris auction

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The original drawing in Chinese ink by Belgian artist Georges Remi, who wrote 'The Adventures of Tintin' under the pen name of Hergé, shows the fearless reporter, his white dog Snowy and his friend Captain Haddock in spacesuits, walking on the moon for the first time and looking at the Earth.

Native Americans beg France to halt artifact sale

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They say the hundreds of objects to be sold in Paris next week are 'living beings' and that their sale is like the 'slave auctions' of the past.

Joan of Arc ring returns to France after auction sale

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The ring, given by Joan of Arc to an English cardinal before her execution in 1431, was bought by the Puy du Fou foundation for £300,000.

French pork crisis deepens

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As benchmark pig auction in Brittany reopened Tuesday, the absence of large meat processors meant prices could fall below agreed minimum.

Napoleon's last gift to son expected to fetch more than 1.5m euros at auction

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The pair of gold-encrusted pistols were a gift to his son, 3, in 1814 shortly before emperor was defeated in battle and forced into exile on Elba.