Napoleon's memoirs fetch a small fortune

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PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - Napoleon Bonaparte's memoirs, written during the former French emperor's exile on the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena, were sold in a Paris auction to an anonymous bidder Tuesday for EUR 250,000 (USD 340,000).

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - Napoleon Bonaparte's memoirs, written during the former French emperor's exile on the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena, were sold in a Paris auction to an anonymous bidder Tuesday for EUR 250,000 (USD 340,000).

The 84-page document, titled simply "Les Memoires", recounted Napoleon's early campaigns that brought much of Europe under French rule.

Containing remarkable day-to-day detail, the pages were largely dictated to members of the exiled emperor's entourage, though half were written in Napoleon's own hand - replete with spelling mistakes.

They went under the hammer six days after the 200th anniversary last Thursday of Napoleon's coronation as the head of a French empire that briefly spanned most of Europe in the early 19th century.

Napoleon died in exile on Saint Helena in 1821.

His remains are in a tomb in Les Invalides, an impressive building and military veterans' hospice in Paris.

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