“100 YEARS OF LEICA” WestLicht Auction in Wetzlar, May 23, 2014

“Lilliput camera with cine film finished” – with this entry by Oskar Barnack in the workshop logbook of the famous LEITZ factory’s optical plant in Wetzlar, dated March 1914, the history of Leica begins exactly 100 years ago.

In 2014, the company LEICA CAMERA AG celebrates this anniversary by inaugurating the new Leitz Park in Wetzlar, the location where everything began. Commemorating this anniversary, WestLicht, the world’s leading auction house for cameras, presents in cooperation with the LEICA CAMERA AG a special auction of milestones and icons of camera and photography history.

100 rare treasures from every epoch of technical development of the LEITZ history will be offered for auction, impressively demonstrating the entire innovative potential of Leica. Beginning with a telescope built by Carl Kellner, the precursor company of Leitz, in 1852, to rarities like the Leica I A with Anastigmat lens, the Luxus Leica, the Leica 250 with electric motor-drive, the black Leica MP, to cameras owned by famous Magnum photographers, and all the way to the exclusive special edition “100 Years of Leica”, the auction catalogue offers a wealth of information about the company history on 432 pages.
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100 photography lots throw an impressive light on the oeuvre of famous Leica photographers. Many of these images have long become part of our collective memory and visual landmarks of history. Rare vintage prints by Oskar Barnack, Lothar Rübelt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, René Burri, David Douglas Duncan, Thomas Hoepker, Inge Morath, Chris Steele Perkins, F. C. Gundlach, Elliott Erwitt, Ulrich Mack, Josef Koudelka and many others have been assembled for the catalogue by curator Michael Koetzle.
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