It’s a 7mm pocket revolver found buried in the ground at Auvers-sur-Oise in the south of France in 1960 by a farmer. It’s also the gun that many believe was used by artist Vincent Van Gogh to end his life by suicide at the same place in July of 1890.

Van Gogh officially died as a result of injuries from a self-inflicted wound sustained two days earlier on July 29 1890. The gun went on auction at Remy Le Fur & Associates this week and sold for about $181,600 (R2,579,736), significantly surpassing the auction house’s presale estimate of $44,900-$67,300...

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