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Oscar Barnack’s private 0-Collection 1923 Leica might break the public sale report with $3.3 million

A uncommon, virtually 100-year previous Leica is about to set a world report. The Leica 0-Collection No. 105 from 1923 will quickly be auctioned at Leitz Photographica Public sale. It’s super-rare, but additionally super-special because it belonged to Oskar Barnack himself. So, not surprisingly, it’s estimated to achieve as much as a whopping $3.3 million!

The Leica 0-Collection was produced in 1923 in a really restricted quantity. Solely 23 of those cameras have been produced to check the market, two years earlier than Leica even formally hit the cabinets. The Leica A was commercially launched two years later, in 1925.

Despite the fact that there have been 23 of the 0-series Leicas, they’re even rarer than this. As Leitz explains, solely round a dozen have survived to the current day. And there’s extra: the 0-Collection with the serial quantity 105 was the non-public digicam of Oskar Barnack who invented 35 mm images.

Barnack’s Leica additionally appears to be in fairly good condition contemplating that it’s 99 years previous. Certain, it does present some patina, but it surely solely contributes to its magnificence should you ask me. In response to Leitz, a few of the components have been exchanged by the proprietor.

“The inventor used the digicam till 1930, when he gave it to his son, Conrad, and started utilizing a Leica I Mannequin C with interchangeable lenses. It stayed within the household possession till 1960, when it was bought to a passionate U.S. collector. The lot contains an authentic leather-based lens cap on a string, later aluminium cap, engraved with initials ‘O.B.’ and heavily-modified Nettel digicam that Barnack used for his photographic analysis research, in addition to quite a few paperwork and letters regarding the Barnack’s digicam.”

Leitz describes this digicam as “not solely probably the most distinguished Leica current but additionally one of many main historic milestones from the historical past of images.” Contemplating all this, its beginning worth is about to € 1.000.000, which is round $1.11 million. It’s estimated to achieve between €2 million and €3 million, or $2.22 million and $3.3 million if we convert it to US {dollars}.

Up to now, the costliest digicam ever bought at an public sale was one other 0-series Leica from 1923. Since there are solely a couple of dozen of those, it was bought for $2,95 million. Nevertheless, if Barnack’s 0-Collection Leica reaches the upper finish of its estimated worth, we’ll have the brand new costliest digicam on the planet.

[via PetaPixel; image courtesy of Leitz Photographica Auction]

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