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WestLicht Anniversary Auction

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On 18 November 2016, more than 200 photographs, photo books and vintage prints will be on offer at the 15th WestLicht Photography Auction in Vienna, among them numerous icons and valuable examples from the early days of the medium.  The highlights of the anniversary auction include Robert Doisneau’s famous kissing scene, ‘Le baiser de L’Hotel de Ville’ (lot 57, estimated value 12,000–14,000 euros), Alfred Eisenstaedt’s ‘V-J Day Kiss’ (lot 80, estimated value 16,000–18,000 euros) as well as the historical volume ‘Versuche über Photographie mittelst der Röntgen’schen Strahlen’ – featuring scientific radiographs of fish, amphibians and reptiles taken by Josef Maria Eder and Eduard Valenta shortly after Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray (lot 1, estimated value 30,000–35,000 euros).

30th Camera Auction
Rare Leica cameras are once again at the centre of the 30th WestLicht Camera Auction. The catalogue includes a black-finish Leica M3 with serial number 915252 from the year of 1958, which the German Magnum photographer Herbert List worked with for years. Only around 90 units of this pre-series model were produced. The camera (listed as lot 83) is estimated at 40,000–50,000 euros. Another rarity is the Leica MP Chrome (serial number MP-286) from 1957, offered complete with a Summarit 5 cm f/1.5, Leicavit MP and the original brochure. Estimated value: 35,000–45,000 euros (lot 91).

To view the full auction catalogue visit WestLicht

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