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Gun believed to be Van Gogh’s suicide revolver on auction in Paris

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By ITN News Editor June 15, 2019 17:14

Gun believed to be Van Gogh’s suicide revolver on auction in Paris

The gun believed to have been used by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh to commit suicide will be up for auction in Paris, with an estimated price of 40,000 to 60,000 euros. Van Gogh settled in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise towards the end of his life, upon leaving the Saint-Remy asylum where he was recovering from mental illness. There, he painted several works, including “Wheatfield with Crows”, believed to be his last.

On July 27, 1890, Van Gogh went to a field behind the castle in Auvers-sur-Oise, pulled up his shirt and and aimed the gun at his chest. He fainted from the gunshot, but was able to make his way back to the inn owned by Arthur Ravoux, where he was staying, and died two days later. About 70 years later, a farmer who was tilling the field where Van Gogh committed suicide found the gun and handed it to the inn’s owners.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 15, 2019 17:14

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