Passionate about photography? Then you should get ready for the Westlicht photographic auction that will take place on May 28 in Vienna. The Leica section promises to be outstanding, with rare pieces from 1923 to 2010. Here are the highlights of the upcoming event:
The 1923 Leica O-Series Nr. 107
Only about 25 examples of this model were made, in order to gauge the market. This was happening two years before the launch of the Leica A. The unit that will be sold at the Westlicht auction is the seventh in the series and it is estimated to raise between €350,000-€450,000 (or approx. $500,000-$650,000).
1958 Leica MP2 Chrome
Only 21 of these were ever produced, and today there are around 10 units left. This is the first experimental Leica M-camera with an electric motor. The 1958 Leica MP2 Chrome No. 952009 will probably sell for €120,000-€140,000 (or some $170,000-$200,000).
1960 Leica M2 Grey
Twenty M2 grey Leica cameras were delivered for the US Air Force, but only 10 are believed to still exist today. The 1960 Leica M2 Grey Nr. 1005767 was one of them. It is a beautiful piece, in original condition, with an old patina. It will probably fetch between €80,000-€120,000 (or approx. $115,000-$170,000).
2010 Leica M9 Titanium Prototype
Designed by Walter de’Silva, this is the fully functional prototype No.2 of the Titanium edition. It has an analog viewfinder and it comes with all boxes and accessories, including the matching Titanium Summilux 1.4/35 mm. It is estimated to raise €35,000-€45,000 (some $50,000-$65,000).