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Napoleon’s Toothbrush To Be Auctioned In Munich

September 10, 1988 GMT

MUNICH, West Germany (AP) _ A silver- and gold-plated toothbrush that belonged to French emperor Napoleon I will go on the auction block in October with a minimum asking price of $25,900, Munich auction house officials said Saturday.

The auction house Hermann Historica said the toothbrush and other period artifacts would be sold on Oct. 14 and 15.

Auction house officials said the toothbrush, which is also decorated with Napoleon’s coat of arms, came from the estate of a British officer who found it after the battle of Waterloo in 1815.

The Waterloo campaign crushed Napoleon’s rule and forced him to abdicate for a second time.

The auction house statement said one of three death masks of Napoleon still in existence will also be sold for a minimum asking price of $9,459.