Valuable and rare Andy Warhol Polaroids will go on the Christie’s auction block on Monday to help benefit The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The collection of rare photographs, some of which were the raw material from which Warhol created his famous silk screened portraits, includes pictures of numerous celebrities from all realms of 1970s pop culture. From the fashion world alone, Warhol had captured images of former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, current Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley (who was once Warhol’s assistant), and designers Sonia Rykiel, Giorgio Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Proceeds from the sales will go to an endowment fund that will help the foundation’s grant-making programs and operations. The foundation has made nearly $250 million in grants its founding in 1987, dispersing the money between hundreds of museums and non-profit art organizations.