Massive Polaroid Collection to Go on Auction Block


A number of photographs from the collection of Polaroid founder Edwin Land is set to go on the auction block at Sotheby's in June as the result of a bankruptcy brought on by a Ponzi scheme by Tom Petters, whose company bought Polaroid from Land.

NYT: "To pay off creditors, a bankruptcy court in Minnesota is forcing Polaroid to sell a portion of its collection at Sotheby’s in New York on June 21 and 22. On offer will be 400 photographs by Ansel Adams alone, along with prints by Mr. Close, Mr. Wegman, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe, Warhol (above) and Lucas Samaras. Together the 1,200 objects are expected to fetch $7.5 million to $11.5 million."

Check out some of the photos here.


  1. unruly says

    From the 70s/early 80s if I remember right. I saw a pretty huge showing of Warhol’s Polaroids at the Getty a few years ago. Included was this one and shots of Jagger (both), Schwarzenegger, Ali, etc from the Studio 54/Factory days. They’ve been kept well which is why they aren’t as yellowed or faded.

  2. Adrian Kimberly says

    Dr. Edwin Land, an honorable man and very smart inventor, is SPINNING in his grave over what became of his legacy, the Polaroid Company. I hope Tom Petters rots in jail for his crime against his “investors,” what he did to the formerly thriving business called Polaroid, and for his work toward further weakening American business in the face of foreign competition. He is nothing short of a traitor.

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