This Van Gogh Plush Doll Comes With a Detachable Ear
We'll never really know how Vincent van Gogh lost his ear, although some historians think it was the result of a nasty fight with friend and fellow painter Paul Gauguin (if not by his own hand). In any case, van Gogh reportedly presented the detached ear to a prostitute, who promptly passed out. The artist then returned home to slumber in a "blood-drenched bed," and nearly died before being carted to the hospital the following morning. This is not exactly a romantic story, but with the help of a plush doll, the recreation can be a lot more adorable.
Reddit user nocturnalvoice found a charming van Gogh doll while in a museum gift shop, and posted a photo of the quirky gem on the networking site. The plush toy comes with a Velcro-fastened detachable ear and a tag that encourages the buyer to give the ear to "someone you love." Hopefully your special someone won't faint like the aforementioned recipient did.
Thanks to some sleuthing by Mashable, you can own this adorable doll without even having to step foot in a museum. Created by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild, the toy stands at 11 inches tall and comes with a little plush paintbrush. You can buy it for $18.95 on Amazon.
"Intense facial expression suggest the turmoil inside the trouble [sic] painter," the description reads.