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RELEASE | THE GUN VERLAINE USED TO SHOOT RIMBAUD | Paris, 30 Nov 2016

On 30 November, Christie’s Paris will feature the gun Paul Verlaine bought with the intention of killing his friend Arthur Rimbaud. This gun will be offered in The Exceptional Sale at €50,000-70,000.

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THE GUN PAUL VERLAINE USED TO SHOOT ARTHUR RIMBAUD

AT AUCTION AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS ON 30 NOVEMBER 2016, IN THE EXCEPTIONAL SALE


Paris –
On 30 November, Christie’s Paris will feature the gun Paul Verlaine bought with the intention of killing his friend Arthur Rimbaud. This gun will be offered in The Exceptional Sale at €50,000-70,000.

Paul Verlaine had bought the gun on the morning of 10 July 1873 from a gunsmith in Brussels. In the afternoon, he attempted to murder Arthur Rimbaud (but only managed to reach his wrist) but the bullet only struck him in the wrist. Rimbaud then spent ten days in the hospital, and Verlaine was sent to jail for two years.

The poets had known each other since 1871 and were inseparable. Verlaine was married to Mathilde Mauté, but hardly enjoyed daily life. Together, they decided to flee to London where in May and June 1873, Verlaine and Rimbaud argued violently. On 3 July, Verlaine left London to find refuge in Brussels, where Rimbaud soon joined him. They kept fighting and Rimbaud decided to return to Paris. However, before he could do so, Verlaine shot him twice, shouting “here’s for you, since you are leaving!”.

Rimbaud called for help and the police arrested everyone. The story of this ‘Brussels Affair’ is well documented as statements and depositions taken at the time are now kept at the Royal Library in Belgium. As for the gun, seized by the police, it was given back to its original gunsmith for a ballistic report. It is marked with serial n°14096, which matched Verlaine’s name in the gunsmith’s registry book, later handed to the police station when it closed in 1981.


 

Auction: The Exceptional Sale – 30 November 2016 at 6pm
Public viewing: Saturday 26, Monday 28, Tuesday 29 from 10am to 6pm and Wednesday 30 from 10am to 3pm
Christie’s: 9 avenue Matignon – 75008 – Paris

<p align="center"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">THE GUN PAUL VERLAINE USED TO SHOOT ARTHUR RIMBAUD </span></strong></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: medium;">AT AUCTION AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS ON 30 NOVEMBER 2016, IN THE EXCEPTIONAL SALE</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><br />Paris –</strong> On 30 November, Christie’s Paris will feature the gun Paul Verlaine bought with the intention of killing his friend Arthur Rimbaud. This gun will be offered in The Exceptional Sale at €50,000-70,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Paul Verlaine had bought the gun on the morning of 10 July 1873 from a gunsmith in Brussels. In the afternoon, he attempted to murder Arthur Rimbaud (but only managed to reach his wrist) but the bullet only struck him in the wrist. Rimbaud then spent ten days in the hospital, and Verlaine was sent to jail for two years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">The poets had known each other since 1871 and were inseparable. Verlaine was married to Mathilde Mauté, but hardly enjoyed daily life. Together, they decided to flee to London where in May and June 1873, Verlaine and Rimbaud argued violently. On 3 July, Verlaine left London to find refuge in Brussels, where Rimbaud soon joined him. They kept fighting and Rimbaud decided to return to Paris. However, before he could do so, Verlaine shot him twice, shouting “here’s for you, since you are leaving!”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Rimbaud called for help and the police arrested everyone. The story of this ‘Brussels Affair’ is well documented as statements and depositions taken at the time are now kept at the Royal Library in Belgium. As for the gun, seized by the police, it was given back to its original gunsmith for a ballistic report. It is marked with serial n°14096, which matched Verlaine’s name in the gunsmith’s registry book, later handed to the police station when it closed in 1981.</span></p> <p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"> <hr /> <p> </p> </span><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Auction:</strong> The Exceptional Sale – 30 November 2016 at 6pm<br /></span><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Public viewing:</strong> Saturday 26, Monday 28, Tuesday 29 from 10am to 6pm and Wednesday 30 from 10am to 3pm<br /></span><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Christie’s:</strong> 9 avenue Matignon – 75008 – Paris</span></p> </p>

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.