November 2013 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Warhol, Capote, Mailer Signed Polaroids

Going to auction next week at Doyle New York is a collection of signed celebrity and society Polaroids, most dating from 1976 to 1981, and picturing New York's Studio 54 set: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Elizabeth Taylor, Hugh Hefner, Brooke Shields, Robert De Niro, Matt Dillon, and about two hundred other "actors and models in their salad days," as the Doyle catalogue describes them.

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 4.33.05 PM.pngThe collection was created by Tim Boxer, a photographer and ghost writer for the New York Post society columnist Earl Wilson in the 1970s. Boxer attended film premiers, Broadway openings, and all manner of society parties at the Plaza, the Waldorf, Sardi's, and the Playboy Club, always with two cameras in hand: a Nikon for his professional work, and a Polaroid for his pet project. He then asked each celebrity to sign in the white margin under the image, in felt-tipped pen.

Doyle offers this collection of famous faces at its November 25 auction, and its estimate is $20,000-30,000.

Image via Doyle New York.