Dear friends of WestLicht Auctions, dear Customers, dear Vendors!


In order to offer you the high quality standards our customers are used to since sixteen years, we have decided in accordance with our partner, the Leica Camera AG, to change the date of our November auctions to March 2018.

17th PHOTO AUCTION:      March   9, 2018
32nd CAMERA AUCTION:   March 10, 2018


We apologize for any inconvenience but look forward to providing a fantastic range of items in March. Please do not hesitate to contact me in person for any questions you may have.
We are happy to accept special consignments for the 32nd Camera Auction and the 17th Photo Auction until mid of December.

Thank you for your understanding,

Peter Coeln, Anna Zimm
and the team of WestLicht Photographica Auction


Some most remarkable results from our previous auctions:

 

 

 


Leica 0-Series
sold for EUR 2,160,000 - the most expensive camera ever sold!

 


Only approx. 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The camera is one of the major rarities in camera history!

 


M3D Black Paint
sold for EUR 1,680,000


Famous forerunner of all MP cameras specially designed and built by Leitz for the American photographer David Douglas Duncan. Only 4 of these cameras (M3D-1 to M3D-4) were produced and used for many years by Duncan.  Life photographer Duncan (born January 23, 1916) is among the most influential photographers of the 20th century. He is best known for his dramatic combat photographs of Korean and Vietnam War and his work with his close friend Pablo Picasso.

 


M3 Chrome No. 1.000.000
sold for EUR 840,000


This famous camera, the 'One Millionth Leica', was presented to Dr. Ludwig Leitz by Willi Stein, the 'Father' of the Leica M3 and was part of the Leitz Museum and listed as one of the few official presentation cameras, no. 1.000.001 was given to Alfred Eisenstaedt.

 

Leica 2500GG w. Leica-Motor MOOEV sold for EUR 576,000


The offered motor no. 10006 is the earliest example known to exist and, like the camera, is in near mint and perfect working condition. It was delivered on October, 27th 1941 to Bln. Berlin.
The Leica 250 was known as Leica “Reporter”. With its large cassettes it  accommodated 33 feet of film, so it could be used for up to 250 exposures without re-loading.

 

Leica III Mod. F LUXUS 'Karl Henkell' sold for EUR 528,000


Unique outfit of original Leitz gold plated 'Luxus' camera with brown lizard leather covering and 2 gold plated lenses (Summar 2/5cm no.190131, Elmar 3.5/3.5cm no.182545). It comes from the estate of the famous German sparkling wine producer Karl Henkell (Henkell Trocken) who used the camera until 1944.

 

Hasselblad 500 'HEDC' NASA 'Jim Irwin' sold for EUR 660,000


Jim Irwin took exactly 299 pictures with this Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' during his 3 days stay on the lunar surface and 96 more on the way to the moon and back again. The offered camera no.1038 was one of 14 - 15 cameras used on the moon surface during the APOLLO missions 11-17. About 12 cameras were left on the moon, as the astronauts only took the film magazines back home in order to take lunar rocks in the equivalent of the weight of the cameras.

 


Nikon One
sold for EUR 384,000


The earliest known surviving production Nikon in the world! Nikon started in March 1948 to assemble cameras (with serial number 60922). The offered camera is one of two cameras made in April 1948 and the 3rd of all Nikon production cameras!

 



Giroux 'Daguerréotype'
sold for EUR 732,000


The “Giroux Daguerréotype” is the first commercially-produced camera in the world and represents the initial spark that started the worldwide spread of photography. From 1839 it was manufactured in Paris in limited numbers by Alphones Giroux. The design was taken from original blueprints drawn up by Giroux’s brother-in-law, the inventor Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre. It is a wooden sliding box Daguerreotype camera for 167x216 mm (“full-plate” 6.5x8.5 inch) exposures.