Napoleon's hat fetches over $2.1 million in Paris auction

A hat believed to have belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte has sold at an auction for about 1.9 million euros, or more than 2.1 million dollars.

The bidding took place at an auction house in the Paris suburbs on Sunday.

Reuters and other media outlets reported that the hat was made of black beaver felt in the traditional bicorne shape, a trademark of Napoleon. He is featured wearing same-shaped hats in existing paintings.

The auctioned bicorne hat has a cockade that Napoleon himself is said to have affixed in 1815, when he returned to power after crossing the Mediterranean from his exile on Elba Island.

Napoleon is said to have owned about 120 bicorne hats. Twenty are believed to remain today, and many of them are reportedly in private collections.

The auction house said the price of this bicorne hat set a record, beating another hat of Napoleon's that fetched about 1.88 million euros in 2014.