21 Rare Rolleiflex Prototypes Now for Sale on eBay

Mar 31, 2015

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21 Rare Rolleiflex Prototypes Now for Sale on eBay

Mar 31, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Leica’s Lisse store in the Netherlands has put 21 rare Rolleiflex cameras up for sale on eBay and every single one of them is a prototype.

The set consists of cameras from the following series: SLX, SL 66 X, SL 66 E, 6001, 6002, 6003, 6006 and 6008.

While the manufacturer might shut down soon, its heritage makes these prototypes worth big bucks.

Rolleiflex’s future seems to be at risk, but the astronomical price tags on these cameras come to show just how influential the company has been.

You can’t put a price on history, but you can put a price on prototypes. So how much would this collection set you back? A mere $177,950, or in other words, the same as 30 of Nikon’s flagship D4s or Canon’s 1D X. Worldwide shipping is only $250, if that helps sweeten the deal for you.

The store’s description on eBay states that it’s an official Leica/Rollei dealer that specializes in hard to find and collectable items and prototypes, and it looks like they weren’t exaggerating.

Below is the full list of cameras, as posted on eBay:

  1. SLX PR 903 (Prochnow book 5 page 1204 prototype) & Planar 2,8/80 & 6×6 back.
  2. SLX serialnumber #: 4.800.055 (Prochnow book 5 page 1213) & Planar 2,8/80mm & 6×6 back.
  3. SLX serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1215, no lens & 4,5×6 back.
  4. 6006 serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1217) & Planar 2,8/80mm, no back.
  5. 6002 serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1217) & Rolleigon 2,8/80mm & 6×6 back.
  6. 6008 professional serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1223) & Planar 2,8/80mm PQ & back & pola.
  7. 6008 professional Gold serialnumber #: Prototyp (Prochnow book 5page 1224) & Planar 2,8/80mm PQ
  8. 6008 Professional SRC 1000 serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1227) & Planar 2,8/80 PQS
  9. 6003 Professional serialnumber #: 000000001
  10. 6003 SRC 1000 serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1229)
  11. 6008 E serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1235)
  12. 6008 Integal serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 5 page 1235)
  13. 6001 Professional serialnumber #: 000000001 (Prochnow book 6 page 1239)
  14. 6001 Professional serialnumber  #: 000000001
  15. 6008 Int 2 serialnumber #: 000000001 & Xenotar 2,8/80mm PQS
  16. 6008 A serialnumber F #: 000000001 & Xenotar 2,8/80mm PQS AF
  17. 6008 Transparent serialnumber  #: 000000001
  18. 6006 Metric serialnumber #: 000000001
  19. 6008 Metric serialnumber #: 000000001
  20. SL 66 X serialnumber #: Muster
  21. SL 66 E serialnumber #: Muster

Very little information other than this list is included in the listing, but you should check it out to see photos of all the cameras.

I bet that collection of 600 vintage cameras we shared a while ago suddenly seems like a bargain at just $34,900.

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