Saturday, January 20, 2018


At the WestLicht Camera Auction on March 10, 2018, treasures like an historic Leica of the 0 series can be found once again.

With the Leica 0-Series No. 122 (estimate: 700.000-900.000 Euro) WestLicht once again managed to offer an extraordinary lot. The 0 series Leica is one of the great rarities of camera history. A copy number 116 was auctioned at WestLicht in 2012 and is still the most expensive camera ever sold. The copy offered this time is in fantastic original condition and the one that is best preserved. In 1923, two years before the launch of the Leica, Ernst Leitz produced 25 test cameras (serial numbers 101-125).  Of those, only about three of them are in their original condition. This historic Leica, as well as other highlights of the auction, come from the famous collection of Jim Jannard, the founder of Oakley and maker of the RED Digital Camera.

 Leica M2 painted gray

Other lots from Leica / Leitz include a prototype of the Leica M3 number 0040 (estimated price 300,000-400,000 euros) with matching prototype lens from 1952, a black-painted Leica MP-89 in mint original condition (estimated price: 200,000 250,000 euros), a Leica MP-2 (estimate: 300,000-350,000 euros) and a Leica M2 painted gray (estimate: 140,000-160,000 euros), one of the rarest Leica cameras built in standard production. In 1960, twenty gray painted M2s were delivered to the US Air Force in Germany. The  camera offered is only the second copy that is ever sold in a public auction.

Hasselblad Lunar Surface SW

The auction also includes rarities from other manufacturers, such a very rare, early Russian Leica II copy from 1934, the VOOMP (Union of Optico-Mechanical Factories), which is estimated at 8,000-9,000 euros, a Nikon One (Estimated Price: 16,000-18,000 Euros), the first mass-produced Nikon from 1948, with matching lens and case, and a Hasselblad Lunar Surface SWC (estimated price: 18,000-22,000 Euros). The Voigtländer Vito III prototype with coupled rangefinder and fixed Ultron 1.9 / 5cm objective (estimated price: 10,000-12,000 euros) shows the importance of the German camera industry after 1945. More information:

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