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Artist: Andy Warhol
Title: Andy Warhols Personal Polaroid Camera
Size: 4 x 7 inches
Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will have the opportunity to bid on this rare symbol of American Pop Art.The camera was owned by Warhol and last used at the Limelight nightclub in Manhattan in 1986 shortly before the artist’s untimely death after complications during a routine operation.Warhol gifted this camera to longtime friend, associate and collector of celebrity art, Baird Jones (1953-2006). He had met Jones in the 1970’s NYC party circuit, where Jones was a renowned nightlife promoter.Warhol wrote in his diaries of Jones, noting the lavish parties he threw for “all the rich preppies” at Studio 54 and Jones’ privileged position as the son of PEOPLE magazine founder, Cranston Jones. Warhol and Jones began working together promoting events and gallery shows during the 1980’s in the up-and-coming East Village arts scene.Included in this lot are reproduction flyers for events collaborated on as well as reprint period photographs of Warhol and Jones. Accompanied by a letter signed by Baird Jones stating this camera was owned by Warhol and subsequently gifted to Jones. Andy Warhol is widely recognized as one of the defining figures of 20th century art and culture, as well as a philanthropist of extraordinary generosity. As an artist, he unabashedly embraced the populist and the commercial.
Provenance: Collection of Baird Jones. Accompanied by a letter from Baird Jones.
Work comes in LED lit Plexi-Box case.
Estimate: $60,000 – $100,000
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