The Most Expensive Sword in the World
The most expensive sword ever sold in an auction, for USD 6.4 million, is an ancient Arab sword once owned by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
The 32-inch intricately decorated, yet fully-functional, slightly-curved battle sword is said to have been inspired by Arab swords that Napoleon observed to be very effective in “cutting off French heads” during his Egyptian campaigns.
Napoleon wore the sword to the Battle of Marengo where he successfully pushed the Austrian army from Italy in a surprise attack. The sword was given to Napoleon’s brother and was handed down to generation until now.
Prior to the auction, initial estimate of the sword’s value was at USD 1.6 million.