Last week, Sotheby’s sold 1,200 works from the Polaroid Collection of Photography in what had become a very controversial auction. Up for bid were images by legendary artists and photographers (Ansel Adams, David Hockney, Andy Warhol to name a few) going back to the 1940′s.
The sale, part of Polaroid’s bankruptcy court order, raised $12 million, surpassing Sotheby’s high estimate of $10.7 million, even when nine lots were pulled at the last minute over concerns about the company’s right to sell the pictures. Some artists felt they had loaned the works to Polaroid in exchange for film and cameras while others, like Chuck Close, thought that the work would end up in a museum and not at auction.
Regardless of the controversy, we would have loved to have seen the entire Sotheby’s building taken over by photographs – imagine over 400 Ansel Adams landscapes decorating the walls! And though the images ranged from the traditional to the downright strange, we did find some favorites with a botanical twist.
Photos from Sotheby’s