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Vintage Leica cameras head to auction


March 2, 2012

The 1923 Leica 0-Series is expected to sell for around US$807,755

The 1923 Leica 0-Series is expected to sell for around US$807,755

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A collection of vintage Leica cameras are set to go to auction later this year at the WestLicht Photographica Auction. One of the standouts is a 1923 Leica 0-series camera.

The 0-series model represented in the auction was one of just 25 of the cameras made by the company and has retained much of its original glory, although this particular camera has been fitted with a Galian finder rather than the folding version found on the original (typical for these cameras). The camera is in fully-working condition, and has the original paintwork and parts. The 0-series is expected to be the most expensive item at the auction, and sell for around US$807,755.

Leica M3 gold no. 834000 (1956)

Other highlights form the auction include a Leica M3 gold camera that is just one of two cameras ever to be gold plated by the company (expected to sell for US$94,156), and a Leica 250FF - a near mint-condition reporter's camera for the early 20th century (expected to sell for around US$26,902).

Leica 250 FF no. 135609 (1934)

The auction is set to take place on May 12th. A full catalog detailing all of the cameras available at the auction is expected to be available by the middle of next month.

Source: WestLicht Photographica Auction

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