Just as Well this Gun wasn’t Found in NZ

The revolver which Vincent Van Gogh allegedly used to shoot himself has sold for almost three times more than its anticipated selling price. Sold in Paris last week for 130,000 Euros or $145,700 the revolver was said to be the pistol the troubled Dutch painter used to shoot himself almost 130 years ago.

Lefaucheux revolver on public display at Paris’ Drouot auction house (AFP)

US$145k because Van Gogh used it…or a few bucks in New Zealand due to the Kiwi gun confiscation and because it is in such poor condition.

[…] Van Gogh shot himself in the chest at an inn he had been staying at in Auvers-sur-Oise, just outside Paris.

The pistol is a 7mm Lefaucheux pinfire revolver, it is in pretty bad condition and is believed to have spent some time buried before it was discovered by a farmer decades ago. The badly rusted and bent pinfire is missing its grip panels and is estimated to have spent more than 50 years in the ground before it was discovered.

[…] The Drouot auction house said that “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.”

Not everyone, however, believes the revolver was used by Van Gogh. The Van Gogh Institute criticised the auction saying in a statement that “Nothing suggests that the remains (of the gun) are formally linked with the death of Van Gogh, commercialization of a tragedy which deserves more respect”.