The preserved penis has been described as "barely recognisable as a human body part" and its authenticity is unclear. A documentary that aired on Channel 4, 'Dead Famous DNA', described it as "very small" and measured it to be 1.0 inch (2.5 cm). It is not known what size it was during Napoleon's lifetime. The item's current owner has allowed ten people to see it and it has never been recorded on camera.
Why the 'object' was retained in the first place remains a baffling mystery.