For more than 160,000 euros, a Lefaucheux pistol, which Vincent van Gogh committed suicide at 37 years of age in 1890, was sold at an auction in Paris.

The auction house Drouot estimated a price between 40 and 60 thousand euros, its new owner, a private collector who did not want to reveal his identity, paid him 162,500 euros.

The seven-millimeter pistol was only discovered in 1965, a land cultivator found on a field in the Auvers-sur-Oise area north of Paris, where the painter was mortally wounded. From the extent of corrosion, experts concluded that the Earth had hidden the weapon for 50 to 60 years.

After his discovery, the revolver was handed over to the owner of Ravoux's house in Auvers-sur-Oise, and the revolver, considered by some experts as the "most famous weapon in the history of art," remained with the family ever since.

When Van Gogh died on July 27, 1890, he still managed to squeeze into the inn where he lived. The limited firing power of the revolver explains why the shot that is sent from close up is cracking in the rib of Gogh. The ball bounced and penetrated deep into the painter's body to be removed without risk, so he died in the shot 30 hours later.

The weapon was introduced to the public in 2012. In 2016, it was exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in an exposition of the causes of the madness of the Dutch painter.

American researchers reported in 2011 that Van Gogh was not suicidal, the painter accidentally found a bullet when young people played with the revolver in the field.

Probably they can never prove beyond doubt that this weapon hit the famous painter to death, but experts say there are strong arguments that the revolver has to do with the death of Vincent van Gogh, no matter what.

In 2016, another Lefaucheux pistol was sold for 435,000 euros at the Christie's auction house in Paris with the six-shot revolver Paul Verlaine attempting to kill Arthur Rimbaud in July 1873 in Brussels. At that time, the price of the Lefaucheux six-spoke and six-spoke revolver, a trademark of the era at that time, was estimated at between 50 and 60 thousand euros (15.5 to 18.7 million dollars).



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He kept experts on fever if the world famous painter or his brother Theo was in an old photo.

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