Leica highlights from the upcoming L&H Photographica auction

Here are some of the Leica highlights from the upcoming L&H Photographica auction that will take place on May 3th, 2014 in HongKong (the full catalog is available here):

Leica M6 Gold Sambutan Jubli Perak (serial# 2001018, 1992):

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of accession to the throne of Sultan of Brunei on 1st October 1992, the royal family ordered 350 sets of 24 carat gold-plated Leica M6 Sambutan Jubli Perak. The national totem of Sultan engraved on the top plate and “Sambutan Jubli Perak” engraved at the back. The camera is decorated with red lizard skin embossed ornamentation. The camera comes with Summilux-M 1.4/50mm lens in 24 carat gold-plated (#3653542), engraved “Sambuton Jubli Perak 5 Oct 92”. The commemorative number is the lucky number HB-018. This set comes with wooden box and certificate, in like new condition.

Leica M6 Titanium with Summilux-M1.4/35mm Paul-Henry Van Hasbroeck (serial# 1907319, 1992, A):

The Leica M6 Titanium Serial 1907319 comes with Titanium Summilux-M 35/1.4 (#3538134). The particular camera was made in 1992. Introduces at 1992 Photokina this special version of the M6 in a grey titanium finish with a matching lens, which is very resilient to hard use. This exact camera is illustrated in Leica Specialist Paul Henry Van Hasbroeck’s “Leica in Color” p.94 and comes complete with a copy of “Leica in Color” signed by Paul Henry Van Hasbroeck. This was the particular camera used by Paul Henry Van Hasbroeck for the last 20 or so years. The camera was all taped up hence shows little marks of wears. Extremely rare.

Leica M3 Chrome with Summicron-M 2/50mm (serial# 700046, 1954, A):

This is the 46TH M3 Chrome, it is not just with all the features of the earliest M3 (700000-700600): Double stroke operation, short film advance level, non-rounded contour, half-moon stopper on the hot shoe, ASA is 200, frame counter with black triangular indicator, rewind knob with red dot, triangular strap lug, two circular areas on the cast housing; but also with two sharp and linear non-rounded contours on front and rear of the top-plate, and also there is minor corner was found near the eyepiece, this is uncommon on the earliest M3. The chassis of the M3 engraved “700046” which is matching with its serial number.
This M3 comes with chrome Summicron-M 2/50mm (#1105175), both in mint condition, extremely rare.

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