NY- Sotheby’s is to offer Photographs from the
Polaroid Collection on June 21st and 22nd, 2010 in New York.
The collection of more than 1,200 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, the 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 Peter Beard, Chuck Close, William Wegman, David Levinthal,
Robert Frank, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe and, perhaps most
significantly, Ansel Adams, who is represented by over 400 photographs. The
collection is estimated to fetch $7.5/11.5 million.