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Photographs from the Polaroid Collection

Photographs from the Polaroid Collection

Auction: – 22 Jun 2010

Mon 21 Jun 17:00

Sotheby's New York

1334 York Avenue
NY 10021 New York

+1-212-606 7000


Photographs from the Polaroid Collection
Lot 28
David Levinthal
Cowboy with Lasso (from Wild West), 1996
Lot 28, unique large-format Polaroid Polacolor print
Estimate:$5,000 - $7,000
© 1996 David Levinthal

Photographs from the Polaroid Collection New York |  21 & 22 June 2010 Browse E-Catalogue | Buy Catalogue | Download Catalogue, PDF (14.9 MB) | Podcast On June 21st and 22nd, Sotheby's will offer an auction of Photographs from the Polaroid Collection in New York.The collection of more than 1000 works provides unique insight into the influence of Polaroid's revolutionary technology – which all but eliminated the distance between inspiration and realization – on the history of photography.The Collection was begun by Edwin Land, inventor and founder of Polaroid, and is vast in its breadth and ambition.Works by many of the leading photographers of the second half of the 20th century will be offered, among them Chuck Close, David Hockney, Lucas Samaras, David Levinthal, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe and, perhaps most significantly, Ansel Adams, who is represented by over 400 photographs. From the time of its introduction in 1948, the Polaroid camera has inspired photographers and artists to push the limits of their creativity.Photographs from the Polaroid Collection comprises an astonishing range of photographic approaches and sensibilities: from the masterful landscapes of Ansel Adams to the surreal explorations of Lucas Samaras; from the massive self portraits by Chuck Close to the cultural commentaries of Robert Heinecken.Polaroid cameras and films have spurred some of the most interesting photographic work of the latter part of the 20th century.In addition to multifarious works in Polaroid media, the Polaroid Corporation also acquired traditional gelatin silver prints of photographic icons by Harry Callahan, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Minor White, Edward and Brett Weston, and Paul Caponiogro, to name but a few.Replete with photographic masterworks and little-known gems, Photographs from the Polaroid Collection offers collectors an unprecedented opportunity to acquire images from one of the largest and most distinctive corporate collections to be sold at auction.

Photographs from the Polaroid Collection
Lot 5
Robert Rauschenberg
Japanese Sky | (from the Bleacher Series), 1988
Lot 5, a composition of 4 unique bleached Polaroid Polapan prints
Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000
Art © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg / Licensed by VAGA, New York
Photographs from the Polaroid Collection
Lot 53
Andy Warhol
Self-Portrait (Eyes Closed), 1979
Lot 53, unique large-format Polaroid Polacolor print
Estimate:$10,000 - $15,000
© 2010 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York