[I]n an era of endless, meaningless images – the lo-fi and intimate feel of the polaroid has come back into focus over the past few years. As the man who prophesised instant fame – “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes” – Andy Warhol understood the impact of immediacy more than anyone.
From the late 1970s, with his trusty Polaroid Big Shot in hand, Warhol captured the faces of one of the most decadent and creative eras in NYC history. His candid shots of icons like Debbie Harry , Grace Jones and Bianca Jagger are a piece of cultural history, and in a new selling exhibition from haute gallery Phillips, you can now bid on them yourself.
Featuring rare polaroid images from seminal photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Peter Beard and Nobuyoshi Araki – the POLAROIDS from The Piero Bisazza collection will be auctioned at Phillips, London on 18 May 2018. Price estimates range from £8,000 to £10,000, so you might need to call your bank manager.
Preview a selection of the Andy Warhol polaroids up for sale below, and find out more about the collection on the Phillips website.