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PICTURED: The case for the necklace<br />
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An extravagant gold and diamond necklace Napoleon reputedly gave his Polish mistress has emerged for sale for £12,000.<br />
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The lavish piece of jewellery is thought to have been a gift from the Little General to Maria Countess Walewska in 1810.<br />
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The receipt it was sold with reveals it was purchased on May 4, 1810, just six days before she gave birth to their lovechild.<br />
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Experts believe this could have been a present to mark the arrival of Alexandre Joseph.<br />
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At the time, the adulterous Frenchman had only just married the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria.