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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 76200
Skull (Polaroid), ie. circa 1976

Polaroid
4 х 4 in. (10.16 x 10.16 cm.)
Stamped, with the Andy Warhol Estate Stamp verso
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1976
Edition Unique
Lot description
An original UNIQUE Polaroid by Andy Warhol from the collection of Fred Hughes of one of Warhol’s unfinished Skull paintings.

As with nearly all of Warhol's work the Skull paintings have their roots in photography - hence it is fitting that a Polaroid was used to photograph them, thus creating instant art. The skull was especially relevant to the recurring theme of fame-as-death, one of the great motifs in Warhol's work.
Warhol and Polaroids were a perfect combination. The artist intended his Polaroids to serve as time-capsule glimpses and a documentation of a specific era - namely the '70s and early '80s - when he was at the height of his fame. Polaroid recently discontinued its line of signature cameras which has rendered this photograph doubly historic.

This photo was included in the Tag Sale (Sotheby's, New York, 1988), a sale of the collection of Frederick Hughes, the executor of the Warhol Estate (stamped verso with the first and original Estate stamp).
Skull (Polaroid) by Andy Warhol
  • Skull (Polaroid) by Andy Warhol
  • Skull (Polaroid) by Andy Warhol
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