Amazon Launches Fine Art Store

If you have a spare $1.45 million in your bank account, you can purchase Monet’s painting “L’Enfant a la tasse, portrait de Jean Monet.”

And you can do it all from the comfort of your own home, thanks to Amazon’s new online fine art store, an extension of its marketplace partner offerings.

Over 40,000 works from over 4,500 artists are available through the online store, said Amazon, and prices range from the affordable to the astronomical. Norman Rockwell‘s “Willie Gillis: Package from Home” costs a mere $4.85 million.

In 2006, UGallery tried to do something similar - offering an online platform for showcasing original art from a variety of different galleries in one location. UGallery is now part of the Amazon Art partnership, but also continues to sell works through its own platform.

According to the 2013 Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, 71 percent of collectors have now bought works of art through the Internet.

Amazon users can search a collection that used to be spread out across a number of smaller storefronts, and search results can be narrowed down to specific subject, style, colors used, price and gallery.

And if you purchase one of the multi-million dollar paintings, you’ll probably qualify for free shipping.




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