32nd Camera Auction

WestLicht Camera Auction on 10 March 2018 promises to be extra exciting!

With a Leica 0-series no. 122 (estimate: 700,000–900,000 Euro) WestLicht has once again succeeded in offering an outstanding lot aiming at a new record. 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 offered camera is in beautiful and fully working condition, all parts including the paintwork are original, with the matching lens cover and the original folding finder. The Leica 0-series is one of the major rarities in camera history – camera no.116 sold at WestLicht Auction in 2012 was the most expensive camera ever sold – the offered camera is probably the most original and best condition example, only about three cameras are known with the original folding viewfinder. It also has the unique film spool and take-up spool. It was delivered in 1923 to Sauppe in New York.

This historic Leica, like further highlights of the Auction, comes from the famous collection of Jim Jannard, founder of Oakley and producer of the RED digital camera.

Among the top lots are many more treasures from manufacturer Leica/Leitz.

Leica M3 prototype no. 0040 estimated at 300,000 to 400,000 Euro is another highlight. The extremely rare M3 pre-series, produced as test camera in 1952/53, is in almost mint original and perfect working condition, with all original features. 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.

Leica MP black paint no. MP-89 in mint and original condition (estimate: 200,000–250,000 Euro) with a rare black paint Summilux 1.4/50mm lens is among the most sought-after collector’s items. Only 141 black paint MPs were produced and almost exclusively used by professional photographers. A black paint MP in this pristine condition today is practically impossible to find.

With a Leica MP-2 (estimate: 300,000–350,000 Euro), the first M camera with an electric motor drive built in the late 1950s, WestLicht offers one more of the most important M cameras.

The Leica M2 grey paint (estimate: 140,000–160,000 Euro) as well is one of the rarest production Leica cameras. In 1960, twenty M2 grey paint were delivered to the US Air Force in Germany. The camera on offer is only the second camera to be sold at a public auction.

Other manufacturers are also represented with many rarities among the more than 500
lots with prices starting from 100 Euro.

A very rare and early Russian Leica II copy from 1934 by VOOMP (Union of Optico-
Mechanical Factories) for example is estimated at 8,000 to 9,000 Euro.

Nikon is represented among other items by a Nikon One, the first ever serially produced
Nikon from 1948, with lens and case (estimate: 16,000–18,000 Euro).

One of only 25 Lunar Surface SWC (estimate: 18,000–22,000 Euro) cameras produced for NASA Apollo Missions with Biogon 4.5/38mm no.4165561, special ultra-light 70mm magazine Lunar Mission no. UV400542 (NASA number P/N SEB 33100082-S/N 389), is an opportunity to buy a piece of space history. The camera is in almost new condition!

Voigtländer contributes a unique Vito III prototype with coupled rangefinder and fixed
Ultron 1.9/5 cm in Compur shutter to the selection of the Auction (estimate: 10,000–12,000 Euro).

Among the extraordinary items of the 32nd WestLicht Camera Auction is also the Sanger Shepherd Stereoscopic Colour Camera (estimate: 12,000–14,000 Euro).

Preview of the lots: 08. & 09.03.2018, 10 am to 6 pm, 10.03.2018, 8 to 11 pm
and by appointment +43 1 523 56 59

Stefan Musil
T +43 (0)676 931 66 65

WestLicht Photographica Auction
Westbahnstrasse 40
A-1070 Vienna
T +43 (0)1 523 56 59