People love to collect things which used to belong to other, more-famous people. Just watch any episode of Antiques Roadshow. From George Washington’s false teeth to Daniel Boone’s marriage certificate, people will squeal, gasp, and pay top-dollar for things once owned by their heros.
But sometimes, collectors go a little overboard. Take Napoleon’s chaplain, who apparently made off with the royal penis when the former emperor died in exile. Yes, Napoleon’s own personal man of God made off with his own personal junk.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, the mummified (and much shrunken–ouch) penis passed through a number of hands (*snicker*), until it was bought by an American collector and put on display at parties. I can only imagine the conversation this particular cocktail weenie must have inspired.
In a final insult to the once-mighty member, Napoleon’s penis is currently spending its afterlife in New Jersey, in the possession of a collector’s heirs. That would be enough to give anyone a complex.