The art world has been 'turned on its head' this weekend with the news that the 7mm Lefaucheux revolver with which artist Vincent van Gogh shot himself on 27 July, 1890, is, itself, to become part of an artwork installation.
Van Gogh survived the gunshot, but died of an infection two days later, on 29 July - exactly 129 years ago today.
English artist John Lesson, who is responsible for the Nonconformist school, has somehow acquired the weapon, and is to display it suspended in formaldehyde à la Damien Hirst - only upside-down!
The Englishman, who lives in Amsterdam, is renowned for producing new forms of art, whether he is writing, painting or sculpting. He said:
"I broke down barriers in the literary world. I did things my way. I didn't conform. People took notice. Or 'no notice'. One or the other. I can't really remember."
Lesson went on:
"I've done the same in the world of sculpterization. I'll make people sit up and listen. It would have been too easy to display that gun the right way up. I, being a genius, and insane, have captured a different perspective, a perspective 'on its head', if you will."
The nutter also dabbled in paint, and says that he is a big admirer of the famous Dutch painter:
"Van Gogh was like me. He took risks, gambles. He did things his own way, and never listened to advice. He used his own genius that nobody else could understand, just like me. Also, I like the sound of his name, and the way it rhymes with Netto, Tesco, Weirdo, and Psycho."
Lesson has produced several works in paint. He said:
"My major work was the back bedroom. I did it entirely in black. Well, you only sleep there, so, I thought, the darker the better! I might have a go at the shed next."
The gun will be on display upside-down in a plastic box soon.