But that’s because the collection is being sold by the owners of the Polaroid name that is in bankruptcy. At any rate, the collection will be auctioned by Sotheby’s, June 21 and 22nd 2010 and includes many of the most famous images in photographic history, which is to say there will be a ton of silver prints by Ansel Adams; along with prints by other prestigious photographers.
Excerpt from Sotheby’s PDF
New York, 11 February 2010 –Sotheby’s is to offer Photographs from the Polaroid Collection on 21 and 22 June 2010 in New York. The collection of more than 1,000 works provides unique insight into the influence of Polaroid’s revolutionary technology – which all but eliminated the distance between inspiration and realization – on the history of photography. The collection was begun by Edwin Land, the inventor and founder of Polaroid, and is vast in its breadth and ambition. Works by many of the leading photographers of the second half of the 20th century will be offered, among them Peter Beard, Chuck Close, William Wegman, David Levinthal, Robert Frank, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe and, perhaps most significantly, Ansel Adams, who is represented by over 400 photographs. The collection is estimated to fetch $7.2/11.1 million.
Here’s a link to Sotheby’s page about the polaroid auction.
The main thing for folks who can’t afford to pay a few hundred thousand for a print, is that the collection is available for viewing for one week prior to June 21. It takes up 6 galleries. And since it’s practically around the corner from me, I expect to go as soon as I can knock off a bunch of prints.