PARIS – The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself goes underneath the hammer at a Paris public sale home on Wednesday.
Billed as “essentially the most well-known weapon within the historical past of artwork”, the 7mm Lefaucheux revolver is predicted to fetch as much as 60,000 euros ($67,000).
The troubled Dutch painter died in July 1890 and specialists consider he shot himself with the revolver in subject close to Auvers-sur-Oise, a village north of Paris the place he spent the previous couple of months of his life.
Found by a farmer in 1965 in the identical subject, the gun has beforehand been exhibited on the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Whereas Artwork Public sale, which is promoting the gun, says there isn’t a method of being completely sure it’s the deadly weapon, exams confirmed it has been within the floor for 75 years, which might match.
The Dutch artist had borrowed the gun from the proprietor of the village inn the place he was staying.
He died 36 hours later after staggering again wounded to the auberge at the hours of darkness.
The bullet extracted from Van Gogh’s chest was the identical calibre because the one utilized by the Lefaucheux revolver.
But it surely was not his first dramatic act of self-harm. Two years earlier, he lower off his ear which he provided to a lady in a brothel in Arles in southern France.
– Accident somewhat than suicide? –
Public sale Artwork mentioned the farmer who discovered the gun in 1965 gave it to the homeowners of the inn at Auvers-sur-Oise, whose household at the moment are promoting it.
“Technical exams on the weapon have proven the weapon was used and point out that it stayed within the floor for a interval that will coincide with 1890,” it mentioned.
“All these clues give credence to the speculation that that is the weapon used within the suicide.”
Whereas most artwork historians agree Van Gogh killed himself, that assumption has been questioned lately, with some claiming the deadly shot could have been fired by accident by two native boys taking part in with the weapon within the subject.
That concept gained recent assist from a brand new biopic of the artist starring Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”, through which the gun goes off after the 2 brothers get right into a battle with the bohemian stranger.
The public sale home acknowledged that the gun might even have been hidden or deserted by the 2 boys.