A gold-encrusted sword that Napoleon wore into battle 200 years ago was sold for $6.4 million:
The intricately decorated blade is 32 inches in length and curves gently -- an inspiration Napoleon drew from his Egyptian campaign, auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat said.
The sword was carried by Napoleon -- who was not yet emperor -- into the battle of Marengo in June 1800, when he launched a surprise attack to push the Austrian army from Italy and seal France's victory, auction house officials said.
After the battle, Napoleon gave the sword to his brother as a wedding present, and it was passed down through the generations, never leaving the family, according to the auction house.
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