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The catalog of rare cameras from the 40th Leitz Photographica auction is now online

Renowned auction house Leitz Photographica Sales will hold the largest historic camera auction in the world, for the 40th time, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary! The catalog for the upcoming auction show is now available online and features some of the most interesting and sought after pieces in camera history.

The auction house will present extremely rare gems, including an exceptional one, the historically unique Leica 0-Series No.105 camera produced in 1923, it was the personal camera of Oskar Barnack, recognized as the inventor of 35mm photography.

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An international network of dealers and collectors will be present at the 40th Celebration Auction, taking place on June 11 at Leitz Park, Leica World, located in Wetzlar, Germany, where the Leica legacy was founded in 1849 .

Created in 2002, the Leitz Photographica Sales house has held a total of 39 auctions so far, showcasing the world’s best Leitz/Leica products. In March 2018, a world record was set when a 0-series Leica #122 was sold at the auction house for the dizzying sum of 2.4 million euros (2,560,618.84 $ / £2,035,999.64 / AU$3,597,952.15 approx), including the buyer’s premium, which is currently the world’s most expensive camera ever sold.

If you’re curious about what additional extraordinary (and astronomically expensive) parts Leica will be offering at this special anniversary auction, the full catalog is now available on the official website. auction site as well as through Live Auctioneers. The lists can also be consulted in digitized form interactive book of the catalog that users can browse by turning the virtual pages.

We also have the full catalog below – if you’re looking for a piece of history!

There’s a chance that record will be broken next month, with the Leica 0 series with a serial number of 105 up for grabs, recognized as one of the most sought-after cameras by collectors, and estimated to sell for up to to 3 million euros.

Leica display up for auction (Image credit: Leitz Photographic Auction)

A wide range of interesting collectibles is featured in the catalog (see below), not limited to Leica/Leitz branded products. For example, a black “NASA” Olympus OM-1 variant (catalog number 305) is auctioned with an estimate of 4 to 5,000 euros, being one of only five bodies manufactured solely for NASA for missions of spaceship. An exclusive Hasselblad 500 C/M in gold is estimated at 7,000 euros and a Canon AE-1 cut in half (catalogue 322) for a low estimate of 650 euros.

Olympus OM-1 black ‘NASA’ variant (Image credit: Leitz Photographic Auction)

Additionally, an extremely cool Nikon F2 camera is sold that was previously owned by Chas Gerretsen and used on the production and set of Revelation now. Included with the outfit (catalogue 365) is a limited edition of Apocalypse Now – The Lost Photo Archive book by Gerretsen, including two Nikon F2 cameras, various lenses, three signed prints, a letter of provenance and a personal note from Gerretsen to the future owner of the collection.

Nikon F2 Apocalypse Now Outfit (Image credit: Leitz Photographic Auction)

The “Charity Lot”, as it is known, will this year see a very unique set of cameras auctioned off to charity for a good cause. The set includes an analog Leica MP with serial number 5630769 and the Leica Elmar-M 1:2.8/50 with serial number 3739015.

These two unique pieces would come from a cooperation between Leica Camera AG and the Leitz Photographica auction. The metal exterior parts of these cameras have been covered with a layer of real gold and feature additional unique features such as unusual gold engravings.

Gold Hasselblad 500 C/M (Image credit: Leitz Photographic Auction)

It’s not just camera bodies on offer, a range of weird and wonderful offerings in the Leitz Photographic Auction catalog also includes various rare lenses, a Leica green shelf, prototype viewfinders, blueprints, cameras spies, binoculars, laboratory flasks, museum book collections, magnifying glass, vintage brochures, vintage prints, retro Leica billboards and leather camera cases and bags.

Canon AE-1 halved at auction (Image credit: Leitz Photographic Auction)

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