|Napoleon’s Good Luck Charm was commissioned in 1800 after his return from his Egyptian campaign. The talisman was lost in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. During his hasty retreat from the battlefield, his abandoned personal carriage was captured by a Prussian major.|
Deeply superstitious, Napoleon spent two years planning the intricate design of the jewels that compose the piece. Napoleon’s sphinx was dug up just after WWII in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, around 200 km from the Waterloo Battlefield. It is now in a private collection. It made $ 2m at auction.