Xavier Aiolfi

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Xavier Aiolfi
Michel Serrault et Xavier Aiolfi.jpg Michel_Serrault_et_Xavier_Aiolfi.jpg
BornApril 8, 1970
🏳️ NationalityFrench & Italian
💼 Occupation
author, Auction expert for historical memorabilies from the 19th and 20th century.
👔 EmployerArmur, Société napoléonienne internationale, Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q30754174), Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q15815337), Aiolfi G.b.r
👴 👵 Parents
  • Gian Aiolfi (father)
  • Brigitte Fayolle (mother)
🌐 Websitehttp://www.aiolfi.com

Xavier Aiolfi is an expert and French author born on 8 April 1970 in Boulogne-Billancourt. He is currently living in Bavaria, Germany.


Xavier Aiolfi's father comes from an ancient Lombardy family and his mother from a Parisian business family. His father, Gian Aiolfi, was General Manager of the Caisse des Cadres du Bâtiment and President of a Commission of the French National Employers' Council (CNPF). He died in a plane crash in August 1994.

After completing his secondary education as a boarder at the Saint-Martin-de-France School, Xavier Aiolfi joined the Law Training and Research Unit of the University of Paris Descartes (Paris-V, Malakov) where he obtained a diploma of general university studies (DEUG).

Professional life[edit]

In 1996, he founded with Louis-Sampion Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3064976) the company "ARMUR" dealing with the sale of historical and military souvenirs. They made the news when the original copy of Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q19955922) published in 1938, dedicated by Charles de Gaulle to Marshal Philippe Pétain, was sold at the Hôtel Drouot thanks to their brokerage for the price of 1,520,000 francs. They also organized, under the patronage of the Souvenir napoléonien de Monaco two exhibitions at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo in 1996 et 1997.

It was at this time that Xavier Aiolfi became the exclusive expert for Europe for the Canadian billionaire Ben Weider, founder of the International Napoleonic Society[1] and author of several works on the poisoning of Napoléon Ier. Ben Weider has assembled a very important collection of personal memorabilia of Napoléon I and the imperial family. This collection has been bequeathed to the city of Montréal.

In 1998, he joined the Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q30754174) as a production assistant on the Bouglione shows: Salto, Piste, Trapèze et Le Cirque (which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Cirque d'hiver (Paris). In addition to production management, he is particularly involved in communication and public relations management.

After having been at the origin of the event show of the 150th anniversary of the Cirque d'Hiver with Michel Serrault, he left the Cirque d'Hiver and worked as director of communication alongside Muriel Hermine and Didier Gustin.

In january 2004, he launched Lecture pour tous,[2][3] the first monthly literary news magazine distributed free of charge in the Paris metro. The monthly magazine will have a circulation of 100,000 copies, distributed on Thursdays and Fridays, at a rate of 25,000 copies per week.

In 2005, he joined the Munich auction house Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q15815337)[4][5] where he was department manager. He is at the origin of the sales of the Military Museums[6][7] of Royan and Avranches which he will take care of setting up.

In 2019, Xavier Aiolfi was chosen to be the curator of the traveling exhibition "They're Coming!" celebrating the 75t} anniversary of the Normandy landings in a new scenography under a 1,200 square meter tent.[8]

Aiolfi G.b.r.[edit]

French resident in Germany since 2007, he will leave this prestigious auction house to create in 2011 his own structure: "Aiolfi G.b.r".

Since then, his company has organized dozens of auctions of military objects and historical memorabilia in France, Belgium or Spain, including those of very prestigious collections such as: William Theffo,[9][10][11] Daniel Porret,[12] André Souyris-Rolland, Kenneth Lewis and Billebault du Chaffaut.

His company is frequently consulted in the specific field of personal objects and historical souvenirs that belonged to personalities of the 1920s. This specificity even extends to automobiles. He is at the origin of the sale of Mussolini's[13][14][15] or of Erich Honecker.[16][17]

Aiolfi G.b.r  is also known as a company specialized in the auction of museum structures. Thus, it is at the origin of the sale of the Museum of Quinéville Quinéville,[18] of the Museum "Spain in the War" of Bilbao, of the Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q109037360),[19][20] of the reserves of the Historical Center of the D-Day Paratroopers[21][22], as well as part of the collection of objects and vehicles of the reserve of the collection d’objets et véhicules,[23] Museum Leloup of Falaise.[24][25], museum of "ligne KW" in Chaumont-Gistoux in Belgium (collections Jean-Pierre Chantrain), World war 2 museum of Tosny in Eure, France (collection Jean Erisay).

Author and historian[edit]

Passionate about the historical and military history of the first half of the 20th century, in general, and of Vichy France, in particular, he participated in numerous works on the subject.

He participated in the book Le Cinéma français sous l’occupation[26][27] published by Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3426003) in 1995.

He wrote his first book for the Parisian dealer Claude Giasone under the title Paris occupé 1940-1944,[28][29] which was published by Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q49494700) in 1997.

In 1997, he realized with Louis-Sampion Bouglione the first historical CD on the king of Naples Joachim Murat: Parlez-leur de leurs gloires.

In 1999, he published his first book Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3095408)[30] at the Nouvelles Éditions latines.


In 2008 he published Après tout je ne suis qu’un homme. Napoléon intime[31][32] published by SPE Barthelemy.

In 2011, he publishes with Robby Wilson, Jordan Winter and Paul Sack Exotische Vol. 2: French Kepis of the Twentieth Century.[33][34]

In 2017, he participated with David Chanteranne, Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3158033) and Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3384177) in the writing of "Trésors de la Collection Bruno Ledoux, Napoléon intime".[35]

In 2018, he published:[36]

  • L’enlèvement du Maréchal Pétain, la nuit allemande, published by Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3173972) & Memorabilia.
  • Les dernières archives du Bunker, 23-26 avril 1945,[37] by Paul Villatoux and Xavier Aiolfi.

He participated in many books on the Second World War, including the work of François Bertin published by Grand Maison: "The Black Years".

In 2019, he publishes "75 objects of the Normandy landing" from the Bertrand Paris collections at Memorabilia editions.

In 2021, he publishes "J’étais Soldat de Napoléon. 200 ans, 200 objets", by Vincent Bourgeot et Xavier Aiolfi published by L’esprit du Temps.

La garde personnelle du chef de l'état 40-44 - Xavier Aiolfi
Narrative and historical facts of the 550 men from the Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q3095408) during the German military administration in occupied France during World War II between 1940 and 1944.

Television [edit]

Xavier Aiolfi participates in many historical documentaries and programs including L'Encombrant Monsieur Pétain,[38]La Montagne d’Hitler: Les Traces Cachées[39] or Les Derniers Secrets d’Hitler[40][41] In 2019 are broadcast the reports "Fuhrerbunker, les dernières archives"[42] and " 1940, les secrets de l'Armistice"[43][44]".


With a great-grandfather on his mother's side who was a collector of arms and armor from the High Period, he began his collection at the age of ten. He inherited the passion of his uncle, Philippe Fayolle, which was further amplified by his godfather, Richard de Filippi, a well-known collector on the Parisian market.

He has also been fascinated by French cinema from the 1930s to the 1980s since he was very young.

Titles and awards[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. "International Napoleonic Society - La Société Napoléonienne Internationale". www.napoleonicsociety.com.
  2. https://www.lesechos.fr/06/01/2004/LesEchos/19066-115-ECH_lancement-du-premier-journal-gratuit-consacre-au-livre----lecture-pour-tous--.htm
  3. "La presse gratuite s'offre une nouvelle légitimité". www.e-marketing.fr. 1 January 2004.
  4. "Hermann Historica". Hermann Historica.
  5. "Hitler aux enchères". LExpress.fr (in français). 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  6. "Hitler aux enchères". www.lexpress.fr. 26 November 2010.
  7. "18th-Century Furniture That Sincerely Flatters". www.nytimes.com. 5 November 2009.
  8. Ouest-France (2019-08-12). "Vierville-sur-Mer. Le musée itinérant débarque à Vierville". Ouest-France.fr (in français). Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  9. "La collection de William Theffo vendue aux enchères". www.caen.maville.com. 8 May 2013.
  10. "La collection William Theffo mise aux enchères". www.ouest-france.fr. 1 April 2015.
  11. "Vente aux enchères du matériel militaria William Theffo". www.fil-info-france.com. 13 June 2013.
  12. "Vente aux enchères objets d'aviation à Drouot". www.aerobuzz.fr. 15 September 2014.
  13. "Mussolini's Alfa Romeo sold at French auction". www.thelocal.it. 15 June 2014.
  14. "l'Alfa Romeo de Mussolini adjugée 180.000 €". www.rtl.fr. 14 June 2014.
  15. "Qui veut rénover l'Alfa Romeo de Mussolini ?". www.ouest-france.fr. 13 June 2014.
  16. "Une collection unique de l'ex-RDA aux enchères à Caen". france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr. 8 November 2016.
  17. "Enchères à Caen. La Volvo d'Erich Honecker adjugée 9 100 €". www.ouest-france.fr. 12 November 2016.
  18. "Le musée de Quinéville vend ses pièces rares aux enchères". actu.fr. 4 March 2017.
  19. "Musée de la Liberation de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont | Catégories du lot | Aiolfi G.b.r."
  20. A. Lemarchand (10 November 2015). "Les objets du musée de la Libération de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont vendus aux enchères". paris-normandie.fr (in French).CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  21. Experience, D.-Day. "Accueil". D-Day Experience.
  22. "Des objets du D-Day d'un musée bas-normand vendus aux enchères ce week-end". actu.fr. 13 November 2015.
  23. "Véhicules Militaires | Catégories du lot | Aiolfi G.b.r."
  24. "Overlord Museum - Homepage". www.overlordmuseum.com.
  25. "Des pièces du musée Août 44 vendues aussi aux enchères". www.ouest-france.fr. 29 September 2013.
  26. https://www.amazon.fr/cin%C3%A9ma-fran%C3%A7ais-sous-lOccupation-1940-1944/dp/285852050X
  27. Chateau, René (1995). Le cinéma français sous l'Occupation, 1940-1944. Editions René Chateau. ISBN 978-2-85852-050-3. OCLC 34920722. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  28. "Magasin de musique et librairie en ligne | Archambault".
  29. Giasone, Claude (1997). Paris occupé | 14 juin 1940-24 août 1944. Lua error in Module:Wikibase at line 40: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). (Q49494700). ISBN 978-2-7339-0572-2. OCLC 39124254. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  30. Xavier, Aiolfi (1999). La garde personnelle du chef de l'Etat | 1940-1944. Nouvelles Éditions latines. p. 158. ISBN 978-2-7233-2015-3. OCLC 46343537. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  31. "NAPOLÉON JE NE SUIS QU'UN HOMME Edition SPE Barthelemy 9782912838377".
  32. Xavier, Aiolfi (2008). Napoléon (in français). Paris: Éd. SPE-Barthélémy. p. 217. ISBN 978-2-912838-37-7. OCLC 762729301. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  33. Sack, Paul (2012). Exotische Volume 2. ISBN 978-0615616872. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  34. Sack, Paul; Winter, Jordan; Aiolfi, Xavier; Wilson, Robby (2012). Exotische French kepis of the twentieth century. Wilson History & Research Center. ISBN 978-0-615-61687-2. OCLC 814408595. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  35. Napoléon intime. Les trésors de la collection Bruno Ledoux - Xavier Aiolfi,Jacques-Olivier Boudon,Pierre Branda,David Chanteranne – via www.decitre.fr. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  36. "Xavier Aiolfi". data.bnf.fr. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  37. "Les dernières archives du Bunker, Berlin 1945". Editions Heimdal.
  38. Un jour, une histoire - L'encombrant monsieur Pétain 10/12/13. Dailymotion.
  39. La Montagne d'Hitler, LES TRACES CACHÉES (52 min). Dailymotion. January 11, 2017.
  40. "- YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  41. "Les Derniers Secrets d'Hitler". www.francetvpro.fr. 28 May 2017.
  42. "Fuhrerbunker : les dernières archives - VF - Diffusé le 01/02/19 à 20h50 sur RMC DECOUVERTE". Figaro Live. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  43. https://www.france.tv/france-5/1940-les-secrets-de-l-armistice/1940-les-secrets-de-l-armistice-saison-1/881841-les-enregistrements-caches.htm
  44. "Replay 1940, les secrets de l'armistice - Les enregistrements cachés - France 5". www.france.tv. Retrieved 2019-02-07.

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