The weapon the more famous of the history of art is for sale. Discovered by a farmer in 1965 in the field where it had been found wounded Vincent Van Gogh on the 27th of July 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise (Val-d’oise), the revolver has been exposed by the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam in 2016. If authentication will probably never be formally established, the source is deemed to be serious.

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The revolver was exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam in 2016. ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP

– caliber 7 mm, the same as that of the bullet that fatally injured Vincent Van Gogh, the revolver was given after his discovery to the owner of the auberge Ravoux in Auvers-sur-Oise, where the painter lived and died on 29 July 1890. Since, the weapon has remained in the same family by descent.

Van Gogh would not have committed suicide

This revolver was presented for the first time in 2012, when the publication of the book Would have found the weapon of the suicide? Alain Rohan. According to the auction house Auction Art, the analysis of the weapon, very damaged, certifies that it has remained in the soil during a period of time that may coincide with the year 1890.

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In 2011, researchers in the us have defended elsewhere the idea that Vincent Van Gogh would not have committed suicide, but would have been wounded by a shot accidentally fired by young men who were playing with a weapon. For the experts of the Auction Art, “this hypothesis does not exclude in any way the results of research conducted on the weapon in question that would have to be abandoned in the field by young boys”. “On the strength of these conclusions, the revolver has been welcomed by the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam, where he was presented the time of the exposure,” emphasizes the Auction Art.