Amazon Users Review a $1.4 Million Monet Original

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Aug. 7 2013 9:14 AM

Amazon Users Review a $1.4 Million Monet Original

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Amazon aspires to sell everything, and that includes fine art. Most Amazon Art offers are more modest than this, but their current listings include a $1.4 million painting by famed French impressionist Claude Monet titled L'Enfant a la tasse, portrait de Jean Monet.

The customer reviews are rather funny. My favorites.

spicytofu: I paid my $79/year and for $1.45 million, I don't get prime shipping? Bummer, I was hoping to enjoy this beauty tomorrow, but first I will need to contact my unobtainium credit card company so they don't get a credit attack.
Stephen M. Walls: For as much as I paid I'm a little upset that this isn't a new painting. You can see OBVIOUS cracks and I'm worried that the artwork has had several owners before me. I might return to Amazon if I can't get in touch with the seller. 1 out of 5 stars.
Chris Georges: I ordered this product back in June for $1.4 million, but in July I found a similar painting by Van Gogh on sale at Target for only $800k, so I returned this one and had to pay a $14.99 restocking fee, ridiculous!!!
Christopher Kenny: Who would pay over a million dollars for a painting that's in French? Well, I guess if you got it...
Jason Zhao: This piece of art is a fantastic addition to the collection decorating my living room. My only complaint (and why I gave it only 4 stars) was that I could not figure out how to change the item quantity in my shopping cart as I wanted another one for my bathroom. Once Amazon fixes this small error I will be happy to amend my rating back to 5 stars that this product deserves.
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This is probably not going to work for seriously high-end art, where things Amazon is great at, like shipping and customer reviews, aren't very important. That said, I wouldn't be quite as down on this as Tyler Cowen. My feeling is that there's a real business opportunity in the four-to-five-figure range selling stuff that art snobs would look down on to people whom art snobs would look down on.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.