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    Van Gogh's revolver auctioned

    A 7 mm Lefaucheux pin fire revolver thought to be the weapon Vincent used to shoot himself has been auctioned in paris, bringing about twice it's pre-auction estimate, retching $146,000!
    There's no real provenance since the pistol was dropped in the field and not uncovered until 1965 but experts have estimated that the pistols corrosion is consistent for the time frame.
    Of course, it's just a rust hulk after being in the ground for 75 years. It was uncovered by the 0riginal owners family while plowing the field and has been in their posetion since.

    Quite a piece of history.
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    7mm is pretty small. It's a wonder he could even hold it, let alone kill himself with it.
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    Interesting piece of news, thanks for sharing!

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    I'm sorted and so not buying any more watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodia77 View Post
    Interesting piece of news, thanks for sharing!

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    Wow. Amazing that it's still recognizable as a pistol in that state. Wouldn't want to take on Aaron Burr with it, though.
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    Why would you want it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    Why would you want it?
    Why would you want ........the Mona Lisa ?

    Anything’s got a price obviously......
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    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    Why would you want it?
    well when you want to go with a bang why not have something that works
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    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    Why would you want it?
    If you're a serious collector of art or historical firearms, why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    Why would you want it?
    It's a piece of history. A morbid piece, yes, but even if you're not looking very hard, most history is morbid. Our species has spent its time on earth in various states of violence, for the most part; this gun happened to fire a historical bullet. Now if you're asking why Van Gogh is a significant enough figure to be deserving of his place in history, then I don't have much of an answer for you. He was not a very good artist. A few good pieces, but even the Van Gogh museum admits that he had to resort to techniques used by amateur art students for aspects of his paintings.
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    Van Gogh, I like. The pistol in a museum, I could understand.

    But ‘Look what I bought today for $150,000’ defeats me.

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