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Pataphysician (Pataphysician)
Elitist Bastard
Username: Pataphysician

Post Number: 500
Registered: 5-2001
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 9:15 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

In 1935, famed prankster Hugh Troy went into a Van Gogh exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and surreptitiously placed a glass case containing a piece of dried beef and attached a label explaining that it was Van Gogh's ear. Guards got wise to it when it became the most popular item in the exhibit.
Karl (Raschied)
le Duc
Username: Raschied

Post Number: 274
Registered: 3-2002


Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 6:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Drop it a bottle of Hill's and sell it for BIG BUCKS!
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Loner (Loner)
Mousquetaire
Username: Loner

Post Number: 21
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 3:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

It has already been sold on e-bay twice, but I don't remember the price. I saw Ishmael's head there too.
Lordhobgoblin (Lordhobgoblin)
Absinthe Mafia
Username: Lordhobgoblin

Post Number: 724
Registered: 10-2000


Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 1:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

If by some chance the ear had not been thrown out and remained in the jar of alcohol I wonder how much it could fetch at auction today?
Pataphysician (Pataphysician)
Elitist Bastard
Username: Pataphysician

Post Number: 497
Registered: 5-2001
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 8:32 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well, he's no Realist:

"Holding the open razor in his right hand, [van Gogh] had sliced through his left ear; starting high at the back and hacking downwards so that all the lower part of the ear had been chopped off. This had left part of the upper ear still attached as a hideous flap of flesh.

Van Gogh, then wrapped the ear in cloth and made his way to a favourite brothel where he presented this "present" to a prostitute. The police were called in and Van Gogh was subsequently hospitalized. The severed tissue of the ear was placed into a jar of alcohol in case it might be needed as evidence. Some months later it was thrown out."

cut along line
Oxygenee (Oxygenee)
Absinthe Mafia
Username: Oxygenee

Post Number: 117
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 3:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Perhaps made for the new David Lynch Van Gogh biopic?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3508211817&category=20158

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