Sotheby’s ended a two-day auction today of 1,200 or so Polaroid photographs taken by famous photographer’s from Ansel Adams to Chuck Close to Robert Mapplethorpe and even self-portraits by Andy Warhol. The photos brought in well over the original $10MM estimate, rounding out at $12,467,625.
Adams’ large format Polaroid, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park (1938) set a new record for the artist at $722,500.
Quite an accomplishment. Hopefully we’ll soon see some of these photos featured in museums for all to enjoy.
Full auction lot and results can be found here.