Friday, March 8, 2013

Rare Cameras Are Going Up for Auction at WestLicht

The 23rd WestLicht Photographica Camera Auction will take place on May 25th 2013 in Vienna. Here are the highlights include some of rare Leica, Nikon, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex cameras. The complete offer can be found in their on-line catalogue, which will be available 4 weeks prior to the auction.

Leica III Mod. F LUXUS 'Karl Henkell'. Unique outfit of original Leitz gold plated 'Luxus' camera with brown lizard leather covering and 2 gold plated lenses (Summar 2/5cm no.190131, Elmar 3.5/3.5cm no.182545).
  • Year: 1931/33
  • Opening Bid: 150,000 EUR
  • Estimate: 250,000 - 300,000 EUR
It comes from the estate of the famous German producer of sparkling wine Karl Henkell (Henkell Trocken) who used the camera until 1944, then it went to his son Otto Henkell who passed it on to his eldest son and present owner Hans Henkell.

The camera is well documented in the Leitz archive. It was originally delivered on February 11th, 1931 to Besier Wiesbaden as a Luxus (vergoldet) Ic non standard outfit with 4 lenses, it came back to Leitz on April 30th, 1931 for repair and was converted in Leica II Luxus on May 2nd, 1932, on December 21st, 1933 it was updated in Leica III Luxus. A copy of a photograph showing Karl Henkell in October 1933 with his (still) Leica II Luxus is included.

M2 Black Paint + New York Motor Drive.
  • Year: 1958
  • Opening Bid: 8,000 EUR
  • Estimate: 14,000 - 16,000 EUR
Very early black painted M2 with lever rewind, converted to accept the New York Motor Drive 14000, including original New York Motor Drive no.02474 and maker's box with matching number of body and motor, both in mint condition.

Leica IIIf black paint 'Swedish Army'.
  • Year: 1956
  • Opening bid: 30,000 EUR
  • Estimate: 50,000 - 60,000 EUR
Only 100 cameras with special black painted Elmar 3.5/5cm were manufactured for the Swedish military in 1956, they were winterised to enable them to function in Arctic conditions. This camera is in 100% mint original, never restored condition with matching black Elmar 3.5/5cm no.1427110. The IIIf black is not only one of the top collectors items, but also one of the most attractive military Leica cameras ever!

Rolleiflex Stereo Prototype 'Hans Hass'.
  • Year: 1954
  • Opening bid: 18,000 EUR
  • Estimate: 35,000 - 40,000 EUR
After the development of the famous Rolleimarin for underwater photography with Rolleiflex TLR for Dr. Hans Hass, Reinhold Heidecke gave instructions to Richard Weiss to build a stereo camera for underwater photography with Rolleimarin. Only three prototypes were produced, the offered camera went to Hans Hass who sold it later to Mr. R. Oesterlen, who used the camera for many years also for regular stereo photography, it produces two 6x6 stereo images on two rolls of 120 film. Included is a stereo slide (Nepal) and two letters from Prof. Dr. Hans Hass to the previous owner. The camera is also illustrated in Claus Prochnow Rollei Report 1 p.142-14.

  • Year: 1972
  • Opening Bid: 25,000 EUR
  • Estimate: 50,000 - 60,000 EUR
Early authentic for NASA modified 500 EL/M with black anodised finish (original camera, not a replica). It is from the second generation NASA motor-driven cameras which was taken on Skylab 3 and Skylab 4 missions in 1973 (documentation copies and related information included). Along with other modifications the camera mirror was removed to reduce weight. A special large locking mechanism was added in order to change film magazines with bulky space gloves on. Similarly a larger, sturdier shutter release plate was added to the camera and the special reseau plate with matching body number '42' to imprint on taken images.

Nikon S Black Paint.
Year: 1954
Opening bid: 28,000 EUR
Estimate: 40,000 - 50,000 EUR
One of very very few few existing 100% original Nikon S in black paint ! About 15 black paint Nikon S cameras were produced from chrome bodies by special order from Life magazine, only 3-4 cameras were made by Nikon in original black paint finish on brass body shall - this is the only camera we know to exist. It is in beautiful original and perfect working condition. The camera was owned by Nikon Sales Manager Mr. Sanetoshi Kuratsuji (rear side has still his name plate) - ex collection Fujisawa.

More infomation about the auction, please visit their website here.
WestLicht Auction
Westbahnstraße 40
1070 Vienna / Austria
Fon: +43 1 523 56 59
Fax: +43 1 523 13 08 

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