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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Advantageous Auctions New York: The Polaroid Collection at Sotheby's Highly Recommended By Whom You Know. OVER 1,000 PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE POLAROID COLLECTION TAKE OVER SOTHEBY’S YORK AVENUE BUILDING

Peachy Deegan just LOVES Sotheby's.  Although any auction would be tough to beat their fabulous auction of the Audrey Hepburn Dresses they did, we must say that this Polariod exhibit is absolutely phenomenal.  We especially appreciated the Ansel Adams photography, and in particular, loved:

Lot 89 and 261 Big Sur Coast
Lot 277 Point Sur
Lot 99 Northern California Coast
Lot 280 Cedar Trees in Snow, Winter, Yosemite National Park

The best in the whole exhibition to us was Lot 473, Stream and Ocean, Marin County California by Ansel Adams.

We also thought Lot 384's Florida Swamp by Brett Weston and Lot 367's Sunset Over Coast Range California by William Garnett were outstanding.  

Over 1,000 Photographs from the Polaroid Collection. The exhibition which is taking over Sotheby’s York Avenue building and provides a unique insight into the influence of Polaroid’s revolutionary technology. Works by many of the leading photographers of the second half of the 20th century will be on view, among them, Chuck Close, William Wegman, David Levinthal, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe and, perhaps most significantly, Ansel Adams
Among highlights on view will be –  
A selection of small format Polaroid prints, including Andy Warhol’s portraits of Farah FawcettBianca Jagger and Truman Capote (est. $5/7000 each), Phototransformation (mouth with radiating lines) by Lucas Samaras (est. $6/9,000) and Patti Smith diptych by Robert Mapplethorpe (est. $7/10,000). 
Medium and Large format Polaroid prints, including a number of William Wegman photographs – Avalanche (est. $7/10,000) and Parallelogram (est. $4/6,000), David Levinthal’s Untitled (Lasso) (est. $5/7,000), Look Out for Hope by Robert Frank ($20/30,000) and 9-Part Self Portrait, by Chuck Close, a unique collage of large-format Polapan prints, est. $40/60,000 
Over 400 Ansel Adams photographs including large murals such as Clearing Winter Storm (est. $300/500,000), Winter Sunrise (est. $150/250,000) and a number of small format Polaroid’s  
Traditional works were also included in the collection and important Photographs from the likes of Dorothea Lang (Migrant Mother, est. $60/80,00), Margaret Bourke White (South African Diamond Miners, est. $8/12,000) and Harry Callahan (Chicago (Trees in Snow), est. $70/100,000) will be on view 

Exhibition:  16 – 21 June 2010 
Where: Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue (at 72nd Street) 

Auction: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, 21 & 22 June, New York    

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