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NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Amazon is getting into the fine art arena. Customers can now buy original and limited edition works of art from more than 150 prominent galleries and dealers via Amazon Art. The announcement came Tuesday, a day after Seattle-based Amazon announced that CEO Jeff Bezos had purchased The Washington Post.

Amazon Art features 40,000 works from more than 4,500 artists. The wide range of works includes folk art, impressionism and modern art. The online marketplace offers detailed information about the artist, work, provenance and exhibition history.

Prices range widely, too. There is a photograph by Clifford Ross for $200 and a painting by Norman Rockwell for $4.85 million.

The 1941 Rockwell painting, entitled “Willie Gillis: Package From Home,” was the first in a series of covers for the Saturday Evening Post. The oil piece measures 57 inches tall and 39 inches wide, and comes in a wooden frame. It’s currently in stock and includes free shipping. Those customers who are signed in can even purchase it — again, for $4.85 million — with 1-click ordering.

Amazon worked with Sotheby’s for a short-lived experiment selling art online in 1999.

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