Leica has introduced the return of the Leitz Photographica Public sale, the world’s largest public sale of historic cameras that shall be held for the fortieth time and rejoice its twentieth anniversary, with a particular piece this yr — the Leica 0-Sequence No. 105, produced in 1923.
Leitz Photographica Public sale is famend for providing lovely and uncommon pictures gear items, usually extremely sought-after by collectors. The ultimate bids can command excessive costs, just like the uncommon 1957 Leica MP Black Paint version digicam which was offered for €1,200,000 (about $1,344,366) within the thirty ninth public sale.
A Uncommon and Historic Leica
This yr the public sale shall be held on June 11 on the Leitz Park, the worldwide Leica headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany. The spotlight of this yr’s public sale is the 1923 Leica 0-Sequence No. 105.
This explicit digicam is exclusive as a result of it comes from a batch of roughly 20 0-Sequence prototypes which had been manufactured earlier than the Leitz Digicam — or, Leica for brief — went into collection manufacturing within the mid-Twenties and made the 35mm format the brand new customary for skilled photographers. Out of the 20 examples, solely round a dozen are estimated to nonetheless be in existence right now.
The 0-Sequence No. 105 is just not solely uncommon but it surely was additionally one of many private cameras of Oskar Barnack, the inventor of 35mm pictures and whose title could be discovered on the viewfinder of the digicam. In keeping with Leica, he used No. 105 to seize his household life, gaining technical insights that helped additional the event of the digicam and its succeeding fashions.
Making an allowance for the digicam’s historic significance and its well-known earlier proprietor, the public sale home estimates value of €2,000,000 ($2,194,640) to €3,000,000 ($3,291,960) with a beginning bid of €1,000,000 euros ($1,097,320), going up towards one other 0-Sequence mannequin offered in 2018 for record-breaking €2,400,000 ($2,633,568).
Customized Gold-Layered Set For Charitable Causes
The public sale home may even put up on the market a charity lot with proceeds donated to charities in Austria and, for the primary time, Germany. Celebrating this yr’s Leitz Photographica Public sale anniversary, a novel digicam set shall be up for public sale — the analog Leica MP with the serial quantity 5630769 and the Leica Elmar-M 1:2.8/50 with the serial quantity 3739015.
Each are distinctive items from the cooperation between Leica Digicam AG and Leitz Photographica Public sale, and the proceeds from these gross sales shall be donated. The digicam physique has ornamental steel exterior components coated with a layer of actual gold. This mannequin’s high plate has an extra particular characteristic because it doesn’t have any of the standard engravings. As a substitute, the digicam’s serial quantity could be discovered discreetly engraved on the underside of the winding lever.
The black Leica Elmar-M 1:2.8/5 lens has gold-colored engravings to match the digicam, as an alternative of the same old engravings specified by white paint.
Full particulars concerning the upcoming public sale and the flexibility to position advance bids could be discovered on the Leitz Public sale web site.