Jun 19, 2019
By Christine Ross
The revolver that ended Vincent van Gogh’s life has sold for triple the original estimate.
Billed as the ‘most famous weapon in the history of art’ the rusty 7 mm gun was bought by a private collector with a phone bid for $182,000. The troubled Dutch painter died in July 1890 and experts believe he shot himself in a village north of Paris where he spent the last few months of his life. The gun was found by a farmer in 1965 in the same field. But there are skeptics who say nothing suggests the gun is linked to the Dutch master and that this sale is glorifying a tragic event that deserves more respect.