5 amazing Polaroids



2015-06-26 14:06:42

5. Madonna

A set of four Polaroids featuring Madonna and her friend Martin Burgoyne and taken during the early 1980s sold for $7,500 at Myers Fine Art in New York.

They were taken when the pair were living together in the city's Lower East Side, just as Madonna's career was taking off, and offer an intimate glimpse into her formative years.

4.Mikki the Chimpanzee

Image: Sotheby's 

A set of Polaroids taken by a chimpanzee named Mikki in Moscow in 1998 were valued at $75,000-100,000 at Sotheby's in 2013 (although they ultimately failed to sell).

Mikki was co-opted into the project by two artists, Komar and Melamid, who often use animals in their work. While the images themselves are a little blurry, the fact that they were shot by a non-human makes them fascinating objects.

3. JFK assassination

Image: Cowan's 

Mary Moorman managed to take a Polaroid shot of the exact moment Lee Harvey Oswald's bullet hit John F Kennedy in Dallas in 1963.

The photograph was subsequently shown on TV and examined by Federal agents before being returned to its rightful owner. It was offered for auction at Cowan's New York in 2013 with a $75,000 estimate, but ultimately failed to sell.

2. Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is considered one of the world's greatest ever landscape photographers, feted for his large format images of American national parks.

He was also a huge fan of the Polaroid from the very beginning (the company was founded in 1947) and worked as a consultant and tester for throughout his career. Some of his most enduring works were shot this way.  

1. Andy Warhol

Image: Phillips 

Warhol was obsessed by Polaroid and used it extensively throughout his career. From his iconic portraits of celebrities like Grace Jones and John Lennon to his intimate and innovative self portraits, few artists have explored the possibilities of the format so fully.

This self portrait in drag sold for $14,000 at Phillips New York in 2011. 

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