Napoleon Bonaparte's engagement ring for he wife Josephine will be auctioned in a town near Paris. When Bonaparte gave the ring he did not have very much money so the ring is a very simple one. Officials at the auction believe that the ring should go for 12,000 Euros (~$16,000 USD).
The gold ring is topped by two pear-shaped stones and is estimated to fetch up to 12 000 euros ($16 000) at the March 24 auction in Fontainebleau, south of Paris.
"At the time, Napoleon had very little money. The ring is a very ordinary one," Jean-Christophe Chataignier, who head Osenat's department of historical objects, told AFP.
Napoleon married Josephine, the widow of French aristocrat Alexandre de Beauharnais, on March 9, 1796 just days after announcing their engagement.