Highlights of the 24th Westlicht camera auction (November 23rd, 2013)

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Some of highlights from the 24th Westlicht camera auction scheduled for November 23rd, 2013:

Leica I Mod. C Luxus

Leica I Mod. C Luxus

The one and only I Mod. C 'Luxus' in 100% original and fine condition. The camera with gold plated metal parts and lizard skin body was never restored and has the typical and original patina. Only 95 'Luxus' cameras were produced from 1929 to 1931.

Year: 1930
Serial no.: 37257
Opening Bid: 90,000 EUR
Estimate: 150,000 - 200,000 EUR

Leica 250 GG

Leica 250 GG

This is the most beautiful Leica 250 GG we have ever seen, in almost like new and original, perfect working condition, it comes with both film cassettes, near mint Summitar 2/5cm no.577583 (cap), ESFOO everready case, rare ANZOO film trimming template, instructions, original maker's box with matching number - the camera was delivered on December 24th (!), 1941 to the University in Straßburg and obviously never used !

Year: 1941
Serial no.: 349045
Opening bid: 30,000 EUR
Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 EUR

Leica IIIf No. 500.000

Leica IIIf No. 500.000

The famous presentation camera for Dr. Ernst Leitz II, in good original condition, with matching Elmar 3.5/5cm, ex. Leitz Museum (with original red museum sticker 'M 163' on base plate), ex. Surat Collection

Year: 1950
Serial no.:500000
Opening Bid: 120,000 EUR
Estimate: 200,000 - 250,000 EUR

Leica M3 Chrome No. 1.000.000

Leica M3 Chrome No. 1.000.000

This famous camera, the 'One Millionth Leica', was presented to Dr. Ludwig Leitz by Willi Stein, the 'Father' of the Leica M3, in fine original condition, with matching and mint CF Summicron 2/50mm, ex. Leitz Museum (with original yellow museum sticker 'M 964' on base plate), ex Surat Collection - the camera is listed as one of the few official presentation cameras, no. 1.000.001 was given to Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Year: 1960
Serial no.:1000000
Opening Bid: 200,000 EUR
Estimate: 400,000 - 500,000 EUR

Leica M3 chrome Double Stroke 'Leica-Technik' outfit

Leica M3 chrome Double Stroke 'Leica-Technik' outfit

Fantastic outfit including very early M3 body no.700051 in beautiful, original condition, all early features including corner on top plate, engraved 'Leica Technik 57' on rear of top plate, with 3 prototype lenses: rigid Summicron 2/50 no.000345, M3 Summicron 2/35 no.000263, Elmarit 2.8/90 no.000270 (all prototype lenses in fine condition with caps) - this was the personal camera outfit of Theo Kisselbach, directly purchased by the current owner in 1966!

Year: 1953
Serial no.:700051
Opening Bid: 80,000 EUR
Estimate: 150,000 - 200,000 EUR

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  • #shelfqueen

    These are the saddest cameras. They were made to be shoot with. Film to be wound up inside. Clicks of shutter sound to be made. Instead they are stored and locked up in glass. Probably owned by filth rich guys who doesn’t even have the ability to shoot with these cameras.

    • El Aura

      You think a gold-plated camera manufactured in 1930 was made to shoot with and not be locked up in glass owned by filthy rich guys?
      Clearly Leica had always had that collectors caché making special models for collectors.

      • #shelfqueen

        Surely you realize there are 5 cameras in this post. Yet you chose to single out the gold plated one and had to prove your point.

        Yes I’m sure Leica has made collectors models to be admired from glass shelves. But that’s not what Leica is famous for nor what a camera is intended to do.

        • El Aura

          And I’m sure gold-plated cameras today make up less than one-in-five of all cameras sold for Leica. To make any statement about whether Leica has drifted off into a collector’s brand, you’d need to have the ratio of special editions to standard models over time (which neither of us has). But I think it is clear that Leica has made a lot of collector’s models for a long time already, not just since digital took off ten years ago.

          Your point probably is that the loss of market share among professional photographers and the increase in importance of special editions for Leica’s income are highly correlated and that the former caused the latter. Whereas my point is that the latter certainly didn’t cause the former but also that the former is not the only reason for the latter.

          • #shelfqueen

            Point taken. We both have our own merits and opinion. Surely I can’t afford any of those collectors items, heck I couldn’t even afford another M. But if you’re among the 1% who can, please, enjoy your gold plated Leica. I’m sticking to my beat up, brassed, used M6 and 40 Voigt with rolls of film in my bag, clicking away. Atleast we both can enjoy what we want. :-D

    • M 8 Guru

      First of all, it should read “filthy rich guys who don’t” and not who “doesn’t”.
      Secondly, it is a tragic error to assume that rich people do not know how to shoot decent photographs – do you seriously believe that poor people are, by birth for example, better suited for great shots?
      Thirdly, it is superfluous to call rich people “filthy rich”.
      If you are not one of them, it is entirely your fault.
      You must have done something wrong in your life,
      at some stage.

      • #shelfqueen

        Hey let’s enumerate stuff why don’t we. Hmmm. Did I use that contraction correctly?

        First of all there’s no difference in meaning when using DOESN’T vs DON’T. Context remains the same. Unless you don’t understand English.

        Who assumed what? The word I used is PROBABLY. There’s a difference. Plus I never said poor people are better suited for great shots. YOU DID.

        And lastly, for us 99% who were born and raised working hard all our lives then being told “you must have done something wrong in your life”, is simply wrong. You don’t know me, why such harsh statement?

        But on the other side. Hey, maybe you are one of the filthy rich 1%. Hence you have strong feelings about defending them. I salute you for that. Just don’t be an ignorant asshole.

        Thanks for the life lesson M8 “Guru”. This became a comment about the cameras not being used the way they are meant to be used, to attacking the OP (me).

  • Daryl

    And we thought Leica new is expensive. Thanks for posting admin, they are pretty to see. if only on a monitor.

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