The story goes that Vincent cut off his ear and offered ear to a prostitute and most bought it as the truth because I guess it sounded so reasonable!
It never happened.
There’s an actual police report on the incident and the only witness to Van Gogh losing his ear was master swordsman and all around prick, Paul Gauguin.
Yes I feel it’s time to start spreading the truth on this one and recognize that Paul Gauguin cut Vincent’s ear and started the lie, that most bought as… to strange not to be true?
On a side note, Vincent was unable to remember anything about the incident due to intoxication.