Interested in weird and unique photographic gear? The 37th Annual “Leitz Photographica Auction,” will be Nov.21, which has established itself as one of the world’s leading auction houses for classic and vintage cameras and photographic, according to the organizers. Working in collaboration with Leica Camera, the Viennese auction team offers potential buyers from around the globe the chance to bid for spectacular collector’s pieces and rarities.
Here are some of the items in this years’ auction:
- The Voigtländer Daguerreotype camera 1840 (estimated price € 200,000 – 300,000) was presented by Peter Wilhelm Friedrich Voigtländer in 1840 and is of historic significance thanks to its fast f:3.7 Petzval lens as it was 15 times faster than the lenses that Daguerre used in his constructions.
One of the rarest and most unusual Leica accessories is the E. Leitz New York Leica Gun RIFLE (estimated price: € 200,000 – 250,000). The Leica rifle was launched on the market in 1938 by E. Leitz, Inc., New York, under the code name “Rifle”. The rifle was produced for only a year (between 1938 and 1939) and was inspired by the well-known wildlife photographer Attilio Gatti. Today, there are probably only 12-14 items still in existence and these are scattered over collections worldwide.
One of only three existing Vario-Elmar-M lenses is also being auctioned. The Vario-Elmar-M 3.5-5.6/28-75mm ASPH. (estimated price: € 60,000 – 80,000) was developed in Germany and designed as a universal lens that replaces the Tri-Elmar 28-35-50. The project was discontinued in 2015 due to the complexity of the mechanical and visual design. Only three lenses were completed and meet the quality standards determined by the Leica engineers.
- In collaboration with Licht ins Dunkel a Leica M-P “Grip” by Rolf Sachs including a signed print of the artist will be up for sale. The camera was produced in collaboration with the artist and photographer and offered worldwide in a limited edition of only 79 sets.