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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

"Every once in a while, a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte's hair comes up for auction. Is it likely to be authentic? What does Napoleon's hair look like? Where can one see a sample? And how much does it cost? Here are answers to your burning questions about Napoleon's hair.

Napoleon's hair was brown, although this question is not as easy to answer as one might think. Portraits are not necessarily a reliable guide (see "What did Napoleon look like?") and first-hand descriptions of Napoleon's hair colour contradict each other.

The son of General Würstemberger, who accompanied Napoleon in Switzerland in 1797, wrote that Napoleon's "black, unpowdered hair hung down evenly over both shoulders in wide, lengthy tresses – oreilles de chien [dog's ears], as one says – and was gathered into a rather flattened pigtail reaching to the middle of his narrow back."…"
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