Iconic artist Vincent van Gogh committed suicide on July 27, 1890. In a field near Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, the artist shot himself. Now, the revolver with which Van Gogh shot himself has been sold for €162,500 (£144,000; $182,000). Allegedly the prize is three times higher than anticipated.
Reports suggest, the corroded revolver was purchased over a telephone by a private collector. Found by a farmer in 1965, close to a village where Van Gogh has known to spend his final days, the revolver denotes the exact caliber and age. However speculations over the authenticity have been raised. Allegedly the revolver had very less power, and Van Gogh succumbed to injuries days after shooting himself.
Experts suggest the revolver may have been hidden underground for nearly 50 to 80 years, before being discovered. Previously, another revolver was exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, this was believed to be the weapon of suicide for the artist. The museum has attacked the auction with criticism. “Nothing suggests that the remains (of the gun) are formally linked with the death of Van Gogh,” said a spokesperson of the museum. It questioned the “commercialisation of a tragedy which deserves more respect”.
However, Art Auction which sold the gun, did not guarantee the authenticity of the gun, but alleged that the dates were synchronized.
“Technical tests on the weapon have shown the weapon was used and indicate that it stayed in the ground for a period that would coincide with 1890. All these clues give credence to the theory that this is the weapon used in the suicide,” said a source from Art Auction.