On Friday and Saturday the 10th photo and 25th camera auctions were held in Vienna. This year most attention was directed at a very special travel camera. After an exciting exchange of bidding, Terukazu Fujisawa, founder of the Japanese Yodobashi Camera chain of stores, was able to secure the Hasselblad Lunar Module Pilot Camera “Jim Irwin – Apollo 15” for 660,000 euros.
Leica cameras also enjoyed great success this year. The sales quota for the around 270 Leitz/Leica items was 100 percent, proving the high, uninterrupted demand for these cameras.
Within the Leitz/Leica items, the top bid of 192,000 euros was paid for a set of four M6 prototypes and designer models, which reveal the evolution of the M6 from a wooden model to functioning prototypes. The starting price had been set at 40,000 euros.
With total sales amounting to 900,000 euros and a sales quota of 75%, the 10th photo auction turned out to be WestLicht Galerie's most successful photo auction to date.
The highest bid went to Wanda Wulz's “Io + Gatto”, one of the most famous double exposures in the history of photography. With a starting price of 40,000 euros, the rare image from the early fifties reached a sales price of 102,000 euros.
Further information and auction results at: WestLicht