The WestLicht Auction held in Wetzlar on the occasion of Leica's centenary jubilee was a great success. Among the items going under the hammer were rare treasures from every era of Leitz's technological developments as well as photographs by famous Leica photographers.
The highest bid for a camera was 576,000 euros, paid for a 1941 Leica 250 GG with Leica motor. It had opened at 120,000 euros. The Leica 250 was also known as the Leica Reporter and could take up to 250 pictures without changing film.
A black lacquer Leica MP from 1957 opened at 140,000 euros and closed at 408,000, making it the second highest sale in the auction. This MP is the only series model that has an individual number, which is completely different to the normal manufacturing numbers of all other Leica cameras.
Among the other interesting lots there was, for example, an unknown prototype of a Telyt 600 mm f/8 lens from 1947, which was discovered in South Africa in the nineties. Opening at 20,000 euros it sold for 90,000. This lens has no serial number, is probably a one-of-a-kind, and is definitely worthy of being in a museum.
Lot Nr. 100, the ominous case that two M cameras and three Summilux lenses can quite easily fit into, was sold for 144,000 euros.
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