Exquisite tiaras that belonged to Napoleon's wife the Duchess of Parma are expected to fetch £500,000 when they go on sale at Sotheby's after 150 years in a family's private collection | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Exquisite tiaras that belonged to Napoleon's wife the Duchess of Parma are expected to fetch £500,000 when they go on sale at Sotheby's after 150 years in a family's private collection

A set of rare early 19th-century tiaras which are thought to have once belonged to Napoleon's wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, Empress of France, are set to go on sale at Sotheby's London Treasures sale in December.

The two tiaras – each part of a parure – are set with gemstones engraved with classical heads, several of which are possibly ancient, and were believed to endow the wearer with their various depicted qualities such as heroism, faithfulness and love.

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