The stir with which supposedly he committed suicide the dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, unknown to the public until 2012, will be auctioned on June 19 in Paris, announced on Thursday the Drouot house, in which the sale will take place.
The weapon, a Lefaucheux of seven millimeters caliber, is estimated between 40,000 and 60,000 euros and is offered to the highest bidder by AuctionArt - Rémy Le Fur.
It was found at the scene and its caliber corresponds to that of the bullet described by Dr. Paul Gachet when he intervened on his deathbed on July 29, 1890, two days after the shooting.
The revolver was found by a farmer in 1965
The weak power of that revolver and its state, which agrees with the 75 years it spent buried until it was found by a farmer in 1965, validates the hypothesis according to which it is the weapon of suicide, according to Drouot.
Van Gogh had settled in Auvers sur Oise, near Paris, on May 20, 1890. In full swing of his art, he came to paint more than one work a day, but suffered frequent psychological crises and its instability was accentuated to end of July of that year.
The Impressionist painter shot himself in the chest in a field near the hostel where he was staying. Van Gogh, who was 37 years old and was not mortally wounded, vanished, and when he woke up he headed for the house, where he died after two agonizing days.
The revolver first appeared in public in 2012, with the publication of Alain Rohan's book "Aurait-on retrouvé l'arme du suicide?" (Have we found the weapon of suicide?), And the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam He exhibited it between July and September 2016.
As of 2011, however, another theory refuted the suicide thesis. According to two American investigators, the painter did not commit suicide, but was the victim of an accidental shooting of two teenagers who were playing with a revolver near him.
Drouot specified on Thursday that this hypothesis does not question the results of the investigations carried out on the weapon that will be auctioned, since the two young men could have left it abandoned in the place.