NAPOLEON IS DEAD! LONG LIVE NAPOLEONS PRIVATES!
Celebrity memorabilia is big business these days, with
Marilyn Monroes bra or Mohammed Alis boxers
fetching astronomical prices at auction. But for specialist
collectors, one intimate item is in a different class
entirely: Napoleons penis.
To the horror of the French government, which refuses to
accept its authenticity, the relic has drifted around Europe
and the U.S. since the Emperors death in exile in 1821,
dried out like beef jerky and kept in a leather presentation
box adorned with a gold-embossed crown. Adding insult to
injury, the item now resides in a suitcase under a bed in
suburban New Jersey. How could such a sacrilege occur?
According to its 19th century owners, the organ was illegally
removed during Napoleons autopsy by his vindictive and
possibly murderous physician, Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, then
smuggled back to France by his corrupt, greedy chaplain, the
Abbé Ange Vignali….
Follow the long march of Napoleons privates on page 20.