February 02, 2005

Would you buy Van Gogh from eBay?

Young Peasant Woman Peeling Potatoes Seen Against the Window, a Van Gogh authenticated by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and painted around 1885, is currently available on eBay for the low buy it now price of $4,800,000.00 (I like how they have the cents in there. I wonder if it would sell faster if it were only $4,799,999.99?).
While this does seem like a fairly good price for a minor Van Gogh (Just think if someone bought this for a museum near you- assuming you don't live near the Art Institute, the Guggenheim, the Hermitage, the Getty, the Musée d'Orsay, the Met, the Museum of Fine Arts (in Boston or Houston), MoMA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the National Gallery (of the USA, Canadia, or the UK), or the Rijksmuseum- it'd be all, 'w00t, we got a Van Gogh!'), and I wouldn't complain if someone wanted to buy it and donate it to Philbrook, buying a near 5 million dollar painting on eBay seems a bit, I don't know, sketchy to me.
I'm just saying, I wouldn't be looking at eBay if I were a serious art collector looking to pick up a Van Gogh. I mean, someone's trying to sell this for a cool mil.

Posted by orion at February 2, 2005 02:27 AM | TrackBack