Friday, August 27, 2021


By Heinz Richter

The next Wetzlar Camera Auctions, Auction 3, is scheduled for October 09th 2021 in Wetzlar.  Jo Geier und Lars Netopil today offered a small foretaste of selected highlights from the upcoming auction.  



Leica M4 olive "Bundeswehr" (1970) 

With only 31 units produced, it is one of the really great rarities and the most scarce type among the Bundeswehr Leica cameras with an olive green finish. Apparently the camera was never opened - the original Leitz Wetzlar "£" assembly seal is still intact. 

Estimate 100.000 – 120.000 Euro 


Leica III (Model F) Prototype (1932) 

Experimental camera with slow speed movement, based on an early Leica II (Model D). In 1933, the Leica III (Model F), the first Leica model with long exposure times of 1/20 to 1 sec., was introduced. The design and position of the setting lever for the long exposure times is extremely striking. We are not aware of any other specimen in this version - it may be unique. Historically significant! 

Estimate 80.000 – 100.000 Euro 


Leica M3 black paint (1958) 

One of the very early M3 cameras produced in black paint finish by Leitz Wetzlar on special order. Only about 90 pieces were originally prepared like this, still before the first official black paint Leica M3 batch. Extremely scarce, with double stroke film winding mechanism and black frame counter. 

Estimate 60.000 – 70.000 Euro 


Leitz Summarit 35 mm f/1.4 Prototype (1959/60) 

Prototype to the famous first version of the Summilux 35, which was commercially introduced in 1961. Only a handful of experimental lenses are known to have been made with this designation, before the „Summilux“ name was found. Unusual lens with silver finish name ring and typical prototype number as used by Leitz Canada at the time. 

Estimate 35.000 – 40.000 Euro 


Leitz Summicron 5 cm f/2 gold plated (1957) 

Extremely rare version of the early rigid Summicron in original gold-plated finish. It represents a sample unit to the gold-plated Leica M3 camera with serial number 873000, which was dedicated to Philippe Tiranty, the then Leitz representative in Paris, in 1957. 

Estimate 20.000 – 25.000 Euro 

Of course, these are only a few examples, the complete catalogue for the auction will be release soon. 

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