Paris- France (PANA) -- A suit belonging to the ex-Emperor of the Central African Republic, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, was sold at 13,000 Euros at the Le Drouot Hotel, a public auction house in Paris, the specialised weekly 'La Gazette du Drouot' reported here.
The suit, whose buyer was not identified, was worn by the ex-CAR Head of State during his coronation as emperor in an ostentatious ceremony, organised in Bangui in 1977.
"The sale of the costume at this price is no surprise to me.
At the time, Mr.
Bokassa and his Prime Minister, Ange-Félix Patassé (current Head of State), took not less than 12 billion CFA (18,279,834 Euros) from State coffers to organise Bokassa's coronation," Charles Massi, former CAR minister who is exiled in France, told PANA Friday.
When he became Emperor, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who willed an immense Castle in 'les Yvelines' not far from Paris to his children, had provoked a State scandal when he offered diamonds to then-French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.