The Lefauchet revolver for the Paris auction was provided by the descendants of the innkeeper from the commune of Auvers-sur-Oise, where the artist was buried. It is believed that Van Gogh borrowed a revolver from an innkeeper to scare away birds, and then went for a walk in the field, where he shot himself in the chest. The gun returned to the innkeeper's house only in 1965, when the revolver was found by a local farmer. Since then, the artifact has been on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Experts from the auction house AuctionArt, which organizes the summer auction, have determined that the revolver was last used around 1890. In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it.”
Skeptics still doubt the version of the artist's suicide, noting that the painter took all the materials for drawing with him on the fateful day. Art historians Stephen Nayfeh and Gregory White Smith have suggested that Van Gogh was shot by one of his friends who kept the artist company in taverns.
Vincent Van Gogh. Self-portrait, 1889 © ru.wikipedia.org
One way or another, the artist died of injury 36 hours after the shot. According to Theo Van Gogh, Vincent's brother, the artist's last words were: "The sadness will last forever.">