Among the many highlights sold on June 13, 2020 was a Leica M2 Grey Paint ‘Betriebskamera’ (factory model), which achieved a bid price of 360,000 euros incl. buyer’s premium. In 1960, Leitz manufactured twenty grey-painted M2 cameras for the US Air Force in Germany. This makes the grey M2 one of the rarest serially produced Leica models in history. At present, only around ten cameras from this series are known to exist.
Other high-end lots include the Leica M2 Black Paint once owned by the American photographer and photojournalist Walker Evans, which achieved a bid price of 60,000 euros incl. buyer’s premium. Evans purchased the black paint M2 in 1962 and worked with it until 1973. The camera went to auction as the private property of one of Evans’ assistants, who had received it as a gift.
Leitz Photographica Auction once again chose to sell one auction lot for charity: a Leica M10 Prototype P01 (lot number 129) changed hands for a remarkable 32,000 euros excl. buyer’s premium. The total proceeds incl. premium are to be donated to Caritas Vienna, an aid organization run by the Catholic Church.
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