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How to buy a Corvette

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We've all arrived at hotels without toothbrushes or contact lens cases from time to time. But we've rarely seen a solution as neat as that in the lobby of the Mondrian, South Beach, Miami. Earlier this year, the hotel installed the Semi-Automatic – a vending machine like no other.

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Designed by the Ito Partnership for the Morgans Hotel Group, and stocked by Morgans' creative director Kim Walker, it's a veritable feast for the imagination. Instead of rubbery sandwiches, this automat sells some serious swank. And instead of small change, you'll need plastic. And depending on what you buy, a big credit limit.

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Want a Paul Frank toothbrush, heart-shaped sunglasses, fake eyelashes, or a marabou vest? No problem. Solid gold handcuffs or Atari Classics for your Playstation? Just hit the touchscreen. A mechanical arm will scoop it up from a shelf and drop it into the receptacle in front of you.

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For those with a serious urge to spend, though, how about a 1965 Corvette? Touch the screen and it's yours for $68,000. You get a voucher, and a few hours later, the car will arrive at the hotel. 

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As one hotel guest is quoted as saying, 'Who the hell would spend that much money at a vending machine? I mean, if something gets caught, can you shake it?'

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And after you've purchased your Corvette you should check out the rest of the Mondrian Miami's amazing interior design and eyecatching artwork created by Marcel Wanders.


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