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The blockbuster film Napoleon has reignited a mystery over his wife Josephine's lost jewellery.
A necklace and tiara said to have been worn by the glamorous empress were handled and sold by the Harrogate-based family jewellery firm Ogden during the 1930s.
But nobody knows where these magnificent and historic pieces of jewellery are today.
'It would be really interesting to find out what happened to them,' said co-owner Robert Ogden, who along with brother Ben is the fifth generation to run the family firm.
Josephine Bonaparte's diamond necklace was bought in 1933 by their great uncle Captain William Ogden.
The diamond tiara was said to have been made for Josephine – played by Vanessa Kirby on the big screen – for the imperial coronation of 1804
The blockbuster film Napoleon has reignited a mystery over his wife Josephine's lost jewellery. A necklace and tiara (pictured) said to have been worn by the glamorous empress were handled and sold by the Harrogate-based family jewellery firm Ogden during the 1930s
A newspaper cutting from 22 December of that year records the necklace was bought at a 'price which was not divulged, but which is said to run into thousands of pounds.'
The Daily Mirror article quoted a member of the Ogden family firm saying 'it is a wonderful range of diamonds of fine colour, and they are in the old gold setting of the period. They are in a red leather case with a crown engraved and the initial J underneath.'
A further press cutting states the necklace was bought from a 'French source' in London.
Captain Ogden's manager KC Drayson said at the time: 'There is no doubt that it was given to her by Napoleon. Negotiations have been going on for some time and the necklace was brought from France some weeks ago.'
Speaking to Mailonline, Mr Ogden, 51, said 'this is where the story runs out.'
He said the necklace 'would certainly have been sold on from Ogden's and would have been a private sale rather than an auction.'
There is no photograph of the diamond necklace, but there is of a stunning tiara that also featured in Ridley Scott's biopic film now playing in cinemas across the country.