32nd Camera Auction on March 10th, 2018
These are some of the most exciting cameras of the upcoming auction:
Only approx. 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, two years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The camera is in beautiful and fully working condition, all parts including the paintwork are original, with the matching lens cover, with the original folding finder. The Leica 0-Series is one of the major rarities in camera history - the camera no.116 sold at WestLicht auction in 2012 was the most expensive camera ever sold - this camera comes from the famous collection of Jim Jannard !
Estimate: EUR 700,000 - 900,000
Leica II Mod.D Luxus 'Leih-Kamera'
Gold-plated Leica II model D with brown waran reptile body-cover in absolutely original condition. The camera was delivered to 'Baumann Reisemuster (Travelling Sample)' on March 4th, 1930 as I Mod.A and converted 1932 into II Mod.A Luxus engraved on the rear 'Leih-Camera (Loan Camera)' !
Literature van Hasbroeck, “Leica, a history illustrating every model and accessory”, p. 66.
Only four Luxus Leica model D with built-in rangefinder and interchangeable lenses were officially built. In 1930 the price of the original gold-plated Leica “Luxus” with lizard-skin body-cover was twice the price of a regular version. By 1933, Leica production – in total – had already reached more than 100,000 cameras. On the other hand, less than 100 gold-plated Leica cameras were completed between 1929 and 1933. Today the original “Luxus” Leica is one of the most desirable and rare Leica cameras ever. The offered camera in fine condition, never resored and in perfect working order.
Estimate: EUR 140,000 - 160,000
Elmar 6,3/10,5cm Prototype
Famous prototype of the 'Mountain Elmar', in all-black finish, illustrated in in P.H. Van Hasbroeck books 'The Big Leica Book' and 'Leica in Colour'
Estimate: EUR 50,000 - 60,000
Extremely rare M3 prototype (pre-series, produced as test camera in 1952/53). The camera is in almost mint original and perfect working condition, with all original features including film advance lever, external frame counter, early speed dial, shape of selftimer, backdoor with film marker punch and ceramic pressure plate, shutter release and rewind knob (see Lager I, p.173-175). With rare dual-lever prototype Summicron 2/5cm no.920290 in perfect condition.
Rare opportunity to acquire one of the most important cameras in Leica's history in fantastic condition, the camera was never offered in auction before. The camera is illustrated in Paul-Henry van Hasbroeck 'Leica in Color' p.64
Estimate: EUR 300,000 - 400,000
Leica MP black paint
Black paint MP in fantastic mint and original never restored condition, 'P 89' engraved on chassis. With matching Leicavit MP and black paint Summilux 1.4/50mm no.1644840, cap. Provenance: Collection Jim Jannard. The black-paint version was produced only 141 times and has been acquired mainly by professional photographers. Many of the famous Magnum photographers used MP cameras. Today it is among the most sought-after Leica's. The mere fact that the Leica MP was bought and used almost exclusively by photo journalists allows us to conclude that a black-paint MP in this pristine, original state is practically impossible to find.
Estimate: EUR 200,000 - 250,000
M3 Gold Sample
The original unnumbered sample produced by Leitz of the famous camera. There are only two other M3 cameras known originally gold plated by Leitz (nos. 834000 + 873000) - with gold plated rigid Summicron 2/5cm no.1467292, gold plated cap, gold plated Leica Meter MC no.20264.
It is in beautiful and working working condition with clean finder. (no. 834000 was sold at WestLicht, no.873000 was offered at Christie's with an estimate of Euro 110000-150000)
Estimate: EUR 36,000 - 40,000
Leica MP chrome
Very rare camera in 100% original condition, with all original features, e.g. body without self-timer and with early strap lugs, matching back door, double stroke advance, engraved inside with the serial number 'MP-310', the chrome MP started with a small batch between
nos. MP-1 to MP-11, followed by nos. MP-151 to MP-402, with matching chrome Leicavit MP, Summarit 1.5/5cm no.1515004, in beautiful and perfectly working condition, definitely one of the best examples of this rare camera we have ever seen.
Estimate: EUR 40,000 - 45,000
Leica MP-2 Chrome
The MP-2 was the first experimental M cameras with electric motor drive built in the late 1950's, Only 21 chrome cameras were produced, less than 10 are known to exist with the original electric motor. It comes from the second batch of 15 cameras (nos.952001-952015).
This offered camera is in almost new and fully original condition, with matching black Wetzlar electric motordrive and power source handle - for sure one of the most important M camera ever offered in auction ! Ex Jim Jannard collection !
Estimate: EUR 300,000 - 350,000
Leica M2 Grey Paint
In 1960 twenty M2 grey painted cameras were delivered to the US Air Force in Germany, the offered camera no.1105756 is in beautiful 100% original and working condition, only approx. 10 cameras are believed to exist, this is the second camera to be sold in public auction. The grey M2 is one of the most rare production Leica cameras ever. - ex Jim Jannard collection !
Estimate: EUR 140,000 - 160,000
Leica M RED + Apo-Summicron-M 2/50mm RED Prototype
Edition Leica M Type 262 in unique red anodized finish. The color scheme of this special edition camera takes the classic styling of the Leica M and couples it with the bold statement of a bright red hue. The top plate and baseplate of the Leica are machined from solid aluminum and anodized in red. This lends the camera a unique look that perfectly matches the color of the special edition Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. lens released in 2016.
The exclusiveness of this striking edition is further underlined by the strictly limited number being made available: As was the case with the lens, the Leica M (Typ 262) ‘red anodized finish’ edition is limited to just 100 cameras worldwide, each with a unique serial number. This is number 2 of the edition with prototype lens no. 2 of 3 produced working protoypes engraved P02/03 no.4666801 - all in mint condition with box and papers for the body
Estimate: EUR 35,000 - 40,000
Extremely rare lens with military contract number 'VH6760-168-3240' engraved on front ring (see Lager II page 228) in used condition with very clean optics - The lens was specially made for the U.S. Navy with ultra-high resolution. It comprises with 9 glass elements and is extremely rare in the market. According to some literature, it was used by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the Cold War.
Estimate: EUR 20,000 - 24,000
VOOMP II Pioner
Early and very rare beautifully made Russian Leica II copy by VOOMP (Union of Optico Mechanical Factories).
The camera was designed by Mr. Muratov in 1933, and about 750 of this early version were made - few of them survived. With VOOMP Experimental Factory 1:3,5 f=50MM Nr. 572 lens, a Tessar copy in thread mount. Original lens cap engraved 'Pioner'.
The camera is in beautiful original condition and fully functional.
Estimate: EUR 8,000 - 9,000
Robot Luftwaffe Type 375
For 375 exposures on 10m film, made for German-Air-Force in WWII, with Biotar 2/4cm no.2513886 (defaced engraving), electric shutter release complete with steering unit and release knob (to be mounted in pilot's cockpit), very few of the 100 cameras produced are still existing, in very good condition.
The Robot 375 cameras have been mostly used in reconnaissance airplanes like Focke-Wulf FW189. Once activated the camera took photos automatically in fixed time intervals. The Robot cameras were highly regarded because of picture quality and reliability in extreme conditions.
Estimate: EUR 8,000 - 10,000
Voigtländer Vito III Prototype
Unique prototype with coupled rangefinder, fixed Ultron 1.9/5cm in Compur shutter to 1/500 sec., very similar to the prototype PR2058 illustrated in Prochnow 'Voigtländer Report 1' page 43, but with several notable differences like the large mounting plate for the lens (mounted instead the standard Vito III folding bed), green leather covering with vertical diamond pattern, different strap lugs etc., camera in excellent and fully working condition, clean optics.
Estimate: EUR 10,000 - 12,000
Hugo Meyer 1.5/4.2cm Kino-Plasmat
Very rare fast f.1.5 version in cine mount, covering full frame 35mm, working iris diaphragm, very good, clean optics, original brass hood.
Estimate: EUR 8,000 - 10,000
Sanger Shepherd Stereoscopic Colour Camera
Extremely rare English mahogany colour separation stereo camera for exposures on 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 plates, the stereo picture is being created by moving the film holder and creating three separate shots on a single plate, incl. colour separation filter, dual Beck Symmetrical brass lenses, flap shutter, one double film holder and ground glass in wooden frame – see Abring III page 248 for the second known camera.
Estimate: EUR 12,000 - 14,000
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