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Revolver believed to have been used by Van Gogh to kill himself sold at auction

Revolver believed to have been used by Van Gogh to kill himself sold at auction
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By Cristina Abellan Matamoros with AFP
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A revolver believed to have been used by Dutch painter Van Gogh to kill himself was sold at an auction on Wednesday.


A rusty gun believed to have been used by the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh to commit suicide was sold for €162,500 at auction on Wednesday.

Dubbed “the most famous weapon in art history”, the Lefaucheux revolver was sold by auction house AuctionArt - Rémy Le Fur.

Bidders from all over the world had gathered for the sale but it was bought by an anonymous bidder by telephone.

The seven-millimetre-calibre gun was found by a farmer in 1965 in a field near Auvers-sur-Oise, north-west of Paris, where Van Gogh spent the last months of his life in 1890.

The revolver was sold for more than double its estimated value, between €40,000 and €60,000.

It is however not the priciest gun sold at an auction. In 2016, another Lefaucheux revolver estimated to be worth between €50,000 and €60,000 thought to be used by French poet Verlaine in his attempt to kill French poet Rimbaud in 1873 was sold for €435,000 by Christie’s in Paris.

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