- Leica MP (MP-24) black paint, with black Leicavit MP, 1957 (€ 240,000)
- Shanghai Red Flag 20 outfit, ca. 1973 (€ 60,000)
- RUDOLF KOPPITZ (1884–1936), Bewegungsstudie, 1925 (€ 90,000)
- LENI RIEFENSTAHL (1902 – 2003), Mick & Bianca Jagger, 1974, 7 chromogenic prints (€ 45,600)
- DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971), ‘Identical Twins (Cathleen and Colleen), Roselle, N.J.‘, 1967
from ‘A Box of Ten Photographs’ (€ 72,000)
The rarest camera of the auction became this year's top item: with a starting bid of 80,000 euros, the Leica MP-24 from 1957 sold for a staggering 240,000 euros. Also, the last model of the Leica M Edition 100 (the limited edition released to mark Leica's 100th anniversary) went to a new owner for 84,000 euros, following a starting bid of 25,000 euros.
The catalogue also included Leica imitations, most notably the famous Red Flag 20. A collector acquired the rare Chinese copy of a Leica M4/M5 for 60,000 euros (opening bid: 26,000 euros). The auction achieved a sales quota of 85.5 percent, with a turnover of around 2.5 million euros.
11th WestLicht Photography Auction
Last Friday, Rudolf Koppitz's Motion Study achieved one of the highest sales prices ever paid for a photograph within Austria. The vintage Silver Gelatin print from the year of 1925 was offered at the WestLicht Auction with a starting bid of 25,000 euros, and finally went to the highest bidder for 90,000 euros. Motion Study is one of the most widely known representatives of early twentieth century Austrian photography, having featured in countless international publications.
Leni Riefenstahl's series of Mick and Bianca Jagger, created in 1974 for the Sunday Times, sold for 45,000 euros – a considerable leap from the starting bid of 12,000 euros.
Further auction highlights include Diane Arbus' Identical Twins, reaching a sales price of 72,000 euros (with bids starting at 40,000 euros) and Marc Riboud's A street in Beijing as seen from inside an antique dealer's shop (1965), which sold for 10,800 euros following an exciting bidding war (opening bid: 1,500 euros).
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