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Gun 'Van Gogh killed himself with' sells for 162,000 euros

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The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself sold for 162,500 euros ($182,000) at a Paris auction on Wednesday -- nearly three times the estimate.

A private collector bought the gun, billed as the "the most famous weapon in the history of art", with a telephone bid, Art Auction told AFP.

Discovered by a farmer in 1965 in a field near Auvers-sur-Oise, a village north of Paris where the troubled Dutch painter spent the last few months of his life, the gun had previously been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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