The revolver that Vincent van Gogh probably committed suicide in 1890 was auctioned in Paris on Wednesday for 162,500 euros (including auction costs). The estimated yield was more than a tonne lower.
The battered pistol, which presumably lay underground for a long time, was dug up around 1960 by a farmer in the field where the painter would have shot himself in the chest. Van Gogh died two days later. The revolver remained within the family, who now wanted to sell it.
The object was exhibited in 2016 in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Frankfurt Städel Museum is planning to take it on loan for an exhibition later this year. It is not known who bought the revolver.