Leica M9 Titan prototype at the next Westlicht auction

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The next Westlicht auction will take place on May 28th in Vienna, Austria. Here are some of the highlights in the Leica section:

Leica M9 Titan Prototype (2010)

Fully working prototype no.2 of the famous Titanium edition designed by Walter de'Silva, this camera has an analog viewfinder (the edition of 500 cameras was equipped with LED illumination of the bright-line frames in the viewfinder), complete with the matching Titanium Summilux 1.4/35mm, all accessories and boxes

Opening bid: 20,000 EUR | Estimate: 35,000-45,000 EUR)

Leica 0-Serie Nr.107 (1923)

This is the 7th camera of the Leica 0-series. Only approximately 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. It is the only camera known with "Germany" engraving on the top plate. The factory record indicates delivery to New York for patent applies. This means that this camera is not only one of the major existing rarities, it is also the first Leica being exported. It is the unique chance to buy the most important collectible Leica camera.

Opening bid: 200,000 EUR | Estimate: 350,000-450,000 EUR)

Leica M2 grey Nr. 1005767 (1960)

In 1960 twenty M2 grey painted cameras were delivered for the US Air Force. Camera no.1005767 is in 100% original condition, with nice patina. Only approx. 10 cameras are believed to exist, first time to be sold in public auction.

Opening bid: 50,000 EUR | Estimate: 80,000-120,000 EUR

MP2 Chrome No. 952009 (1958)

The MP-2 was the first experimental Leica M-camera for use with electric motor. Only 21 chrome cameras were produced, less than 10 are known to exist with the original electric motor. In near mint and original condition.

Opening bid: 70,000 EUR | Estimate: 120,000-140,000 EUR

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  • regular

    what! Still no auction of a M3 Minox which was used by the neighbor of Cartier-Bresson’s daughter?? I am sooo disappointed.

  • broxibear

    Isn’t it impressive, and beautiful, how a Leica from 1923 and one from 2010 share a design philosophy.

  • http://photoartbymark.zenfolio.com photoartbymark

    not much has changed in the design

  • http://www.wedding-photographer.it Vittore

    Great pieces of equipment. I really like Leica!

  • fiatlux

    The starting price of that M9 Titan prototype is actually lower than the “regular” Titan (22,000 €)!

  • Nobody Special

    I’ll take the MP2 Chrome.

    The biggest mistake I made with a Leica was NOT buying the M4mot they made around 1970. I still want one – an M with a REAL motor drive sequence capability at least above 4 frames per second.

  • Darrell W

    Who in his right mind would take the Titan out in public?
    A regular M9 requires at least two body guards.

    Still, nice bit of kit there.

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