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Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings on Amazon

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | 3 comments
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Image: Untitled, 2006, by Li ShanDo you have a few hundred thousand or maybe even a few million dollars burning a hole in your back pocket? Itching to order some original artwork from Amazon? Well, now you can!

I know what you're thinking - are these paintings really going to go well hung above your Value Village couch?

But wait... they even offer free shipping. That just might tip the scales! Just make sure you are going to be home to sign that delivery authorization!

Of course the real question is... Where do these works come from? Are they stolen?
Well, that just means it was previously owned, and I know you like that! Was it owned by Brad Pitt? Madonna? The Prince of Wales?  Kind of makes you wonder why they had to give it up, doesn't it?

At the very least check out the reviews - they are worth a good laugh!

Check out this list of the top ten most expensive paintings available on Amazon Art. Let me know your thoughts on their new project in the comments below...

10: Bord de L'Oise a l'aube, Pontoise

Image: Bord de L'Oise a l'aube, Pontoise, 1888, by Louis Hayet

1888 by Louis Hayet - This enchanting waterscape by French artist, Louis Hayet depicts an ethereal sunrise in the historically important town of Pontoise. In this stunning painting depicting the banks of the Oise River, a pointillist sky is painted so that it is shimmering and radiant, and the water reflects a luminous world.
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9: Mao 97

Image: Mao 97, 1972, by Andy Warhol

1972, by Andy Warhol - Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928. In 1945 he majored in pictorial design at the Carnegie University. Upon graduation, Warhol moved to New York where he worked as an illustrator for several magazines including Vogue and the New Yorker and did advertising and window displays for big retail stores.
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8: Train Rack and Love


Image: Train rack and love, 1972, by Richard Pettibone

1972, by Richard Pettibone - Seen as a copycat by some, and as an appropriationist to others, Richard Pettibone is an iconoclast who, during the course of four decades, has turned notions of originality on their head. Pettibone made it his mission to reproduce the reproductions, albeit on a smaller and more appealing scale.
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7: Downstream

Image: Downstream, 1923, by Frank Weston Benson

1923, by Frank Weston Benson - Frank Weston Benson attained his initial success as a portrait and figure painter, using interior and exterior compositions, for which he used both professionals and his children as models. While he never abandoned this sort of painting, in 1912 he began depicting game birds and waterfowl with greater frequency.
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6: Before the Ball

Image: Before the Ball, 1835, by Petrus Van Schendel

1835, by Petrus Van Schendel - Petrus van Schendel is probably best known for his outdoor market scenes, with their heavy ambiance and figures shrouded in a haze of mystery. This delightful and rare painting, Before the Ball, demonstrates this genre artist's ability to paint interior scenes with equal skill.
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5: Workers in a Field

Image: Workers in a Field, 1876, by Edwin Lord Weeks

1876, by Edwin Lord Weeks - A farmer oversees the harvesting of his wheat crop in this exotic painting by American Orientalist artist Edwin Lord Weeks. His meticulous consideration to the people, customs and landscape in his paintings has made them among the most desirable Orientalist compositions ever created.
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4: The Artist and His Wife

Image: The Artist and His Wife, 1971, by Marc Chagall

1876, by Marc Chagall - A beautiful and intimate portrait into the relationship of Chagall and his wife Valentina, The Artist's Wife presents the best of Marc Chagall's mastery over color, line, form, and emotion.
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3: Untitled (Two Women)


Image: Untitled (Two Women), ca. 1955, by Willem de Kooning

1955, by Willem de Kooning -
A first-generation Abstract Epressionist, Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In 1950s New York, when painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline were moving away from representational imagery toward pure abstraction, de Kooning maintained a commitment to the figurative tradition, developing a signature style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed images of the female form-a then-controversial body of works that has become known as his "Women" paintings. "Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented," he famously said.
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2: Hamburger Michel

Image: Hamburger Michel, 1980, by Andy Warhol

1980, by Andy Warhol - The second most expensive artwork on Amazon Art.
 Born Andrew Warhola in 1928, Warhol was a founder and major proponent of the Pop Art movement. He remains one of the most talented and influential artists of the 20th century.
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1: Willie Gillis: Package from Home

Image: Willie Gillis: Package from Home, 1941, by Norman Rockwell

1941, by Norman Rockwell - And finally, the Amazon Art most expensive painting!
In his iconic Willie Gillis series of Saturday Evening Post covers, Norman Rockwell championed "the plight of an inoffensive, ordinary little guy thrown into the chaos of war." This engaging and recently discovered oil on canvas, entitled Willie Gillis: Package From Home, was the first of this series of 11 total covers about a young private during World War II, and Rockwell's fourth cover for the Saturday Evening Post in 1941.
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So, if you’re in the mood to browse, or spend a whole lot of money, this is the Amazon Art home page.


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3 comments

  1. Art Critic says:

    Umm... I will take the two Andy Warhols, and the Norman Rockwell. Can I put that on my Mastercard?

  2. LovingArms says:

    Can I get these cheaper on Ebay?

  3. ArtAttack says:

    How much tax is on $4.8 million??

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