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Art floats. Or at least that is the impression I got as I read
Or at least that is the impression I got as I read about the
Polaroid bankruptcy sale . The Sotheby’s auction of
more than 1000 photographs from the Polaroid Collection founded by Edwin H. Land in the 1950s will go ahead tomorrow to raise funds to pay creditors of the defunct company.
I imagine a wide and turbulent sea. Single shoes, ties and employee badges drift amid desks and computers bobbing helplessly in the surf. These are the remains of Polaroid but not everything.
The Ansel Adams landscapes, Andy Warhol’s sneeze, David Levinthal’s Desire, Robert Rauschenberg’s Japanese Sky and hundreds of other images just seem to hover above the wave.
The whole thing is sad. But it's also somehow just a little bit encouraging that when everything has sunk, art still floats.
The high estimate for the Sotheby’s auction is nearly $11 million.