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The WestLicht Auctions

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Camera Auction
The 27th WestLicht Auction had a turnover of more than 3 million euros, with 84 percent of the lots being sold.  

As expected, the top lot was the one to achieve the highest price at the auction. The prototype of the New York Leica RIFLE was sold below the estimated 300,000 to 350,000 euros, but still reached an honourable 288,000 euros.

In second and third place were the black lacquered Leica MP with serial number 99, which sold for 264,000 euros, and the prototype of the 1953 Leica M3 for 192,000 euros.

The Kinderlachen (Children Laugh) designs for the Leica M and M-E each sold for 28,000 euros. The proceeds of the sales of these colourful one-of-a-kind pieces goes to the Kinderlachen e.V. Association.

Photo Auction
At the 12th Photo Auction, it was the catalogue's cover picture, a work of art belonging to the Austrian postwar-avant garde, that took the lead – "Aktionshose: Genitalpanik" by Valie Export was sold for 54,000 euros.

31,200 euros were paid for a vintage print of a Henri Cartier-Bresson classic from the early fifties: "Derrière la Gare Saint-Lazare".

From among the works of the Russian avant garde, it was a photo of Lenin during his 1918 speech in Moscow (taken by an unknown photographer) that reached the highest price: 19,200 euros.

Further information at: WestLicht Auction

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