- New York Leica Gun RIFLE
(estimated price 300,000 - 350,000 euros)
- Leica M3 Prototype
(estimated price 150,000 – 200,000 euros)
- Leica MP-99
(estimated price 250,000 - 300,000 euros)
- Leica M and M-E with Kinderlachen (Children Laugh) designs
(estimated price 35,000 – 40,000 euros)
- Okada Optical Co. Gemmy Pistol Camera
(estimated price 12,000 – 15,000 euros)
For the 27th time, WestLicht in Vienna will be auctioning rare and unique cameras. This time there are over 570 lots ready to fall to the hammer.
At the top of the bill is a prototype of the New York Leica Gun RIFLE (estimated price between 300,000 and 350,000 euros) – one of the rarest and most unusual treasures in photography history.
The Leica M3 Prototype (estimated price 150,000 – 200,000 euros) represents a milestone of Leica history. In 1953, Leica produced some pre-serial cameras for the new M series, and only a very few of them have survived.
A rarity among rarities: a 1957 black lacquered Leica MP, with P 99 engraved on chassis, in mint condition and with corresponding lens, is expected to go for 250,000 to 300,000 euros. From a total of 412 Leica MP cameras that were produced, only 141 models were lacquered in black. Many acclaimed Magnum photographers worked with MP cameras, which are considered among the most sought-after Leicas of all.
Leica Camera AG has made two very special cameras available for the auction: the Leica M and M-E with Kinderlachen (Children Laugh) designs. The Munich artist Helmut Lutter faithfully reproduced the designs made by two Dortmund school children onto the cameras. The colourful, one-of-a-kind items will be auctioned for a good cause, with all proceeds going to the Verein Kinderlachen e.V. (estimated price 35,000 – 40,000 euros).
Further information at: WestLicht Auction