On Monday, November 25, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs and Photographs. One of the sale’s highlights is the Tim Boxer Collection of Signed Celebrity Polaroids. This remarkable collection comprises approximately 212 signed or inscribed Polaroids taken by society photographer Tim Boxer and dating mostly from 1976-1981. The collection is estimated to sell for $20,000-30,000.
Among the celebrities represented in the collection are Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Onassis, Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Norman Mailer, Brooke Shields, Hugh Hefner, Sean Connery, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Kissinger and Robert De Niro.
Young actors and models include Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Margaux Hemingway, Matt Dillon, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Cybil Sheppard, Farrah Fawcett, Sylvester Stallone, Candice Bergen, Marlo Thomas, Mamie Van Doren and John Voight.
Established stars include Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Milton Berle, George Burns, Barbara Walters, Jerry Lewis, Raquel Welch, Shirley MacLaine, Tony Curtis, Gloria Swanson, Omar Sharif and Michael Caine.
Authors include Arthur Miller, Joan Collins, Herman Wouk and Elie Wiesel.
The glamorous New York City locations of the photographs, preserved only by Boxer's labels, include the Plaza Hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, the St. Regis, the Playboy Club, the Russian Tea Room, Tavern on the Green, Maxwell's Plum, Sardi's, Lincoln Center, etc.
Tim Boxer began working as photographer, assistant and ghost writer for renowned New York Post society columnist Earl Wilson in the 1970s. The popular column, It Happened Last Night, took Boxer to countless film premieres, Broadway opening nights, society events and all the parties, restaurants and nightclubs frequented by the glitterati of the day. With remarkable foresight, Boxer carried two cameras, the first was his Nikon which was used for the official images published in the newspapers and magazines, and the second, his personal Polaroid which produced instant candids of the celebrities in private moments. At Boxer's request the Polaroids were then signed on the spot with a felt-tipped pen.
During the same period, Andy Warhol was also known to carry a Polaroid camera and produced posed portraits of many of the same stars. The spirit of Warhol's oft-quoted statement "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes" is embodied in Tim Boxer's Polaroids, and the phrase has formed the basis for the society magazine he runs today called 15MinutesMagazine.com.
The Tim Boxer Collection is a truly remarkable assembly of autographed photographs from the heady days of New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s, produced in a medium wholly identified with the time.
The public is invited to the exhibition on view from November 22 through 24. The fully illustrated Internet catalogue may be viewed at www.DoyleNewYork.com. For further information, call 212-427-2730.