In a recent auction held in Vienna, Austria, two Leica MP cameras owned by legendary actor Yul Brynner sold for over €2.76 million (around $3.03 million). Brynner personally used both of them, and they’re considered to be among the rarest and most sought-after Leica cameras in existence.
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A collection of daguerreotype portrait photographs showcasing renowned Arctic explorers captured shortly before the tragic Franklin expedition will be auctioned in London next month.
The intriguing images feature Captain Francis Crozier and thirteen other esteemed senior officers before they embarked on their fateful voyage to explore the Arctic. The Beard Studio took the images on board the HMS Erebus in May of 1845 at the request of Lady Jane Franklin.
The folks at Wetzlar Camera Auction have announced that their next auction will be coming up on October 7th, 2023. The company has also posted information on some of the items that will be there.
As usual, we’ve got the expected array of Leica and Leitz cameras and lenses, but there’s also a very interesting lens from Nikon in there, too.
There are some cameras out there that are purely for decoration. They exist for the prestige of ownership, never likely to create even a single photo. This is such a camera. It’s a special Leitz Auction edition of the Leica M6 (buy here) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Leitz Photographica Auction.
You’re only able to buy them in person from one very specific Leica shop in Vienna, Austria. It comes with the Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH lens (buy here), with both items sporting a glossy black finish. And if you want one, it’ll cost you €25,980.
A Leica M3 from 1959 has been sold at auction in Sweden. The auction was held by LP Fotos Auktioner in Stockholm, where the camera was listed with a SEK 110,000 (or around $10,460) asking price.
It seems that somebody wanted this camera really badly, however. The final hammer price was a whopping SEK 1,120,000, or around $106,485.
Sotheby’s New York will soon offer a truly remarkable collection of photos up for auction. Among the sold works, you’ll be able to bid for the images by Richard Avedon, Dorothea Lange, Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams, Garry Winogrand, and other famous photographers.
While not all photographers are from the States, this body of work tells the story of American history. It contains some iconic photos such as Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, and photos of celebrities like Andy Warhol or Marylin Monroe.
A very rare Nikkor-N 1.1/50mm lens will soon become available for you to buy. Introduced in 1950s, this is one of only 200 of these lenses with Leica M39 mount. And nearly seven decades later, one of these ultra-fast lenses is auctioning at Leitz Photographica Auctions.
On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. It was long believed that his reflection in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet was the only photo of him from the entire Apollo 11 mission. However, a rare print showing Armstrong is now on auction, expected to fetch up to $30,000.
We’ve seen our fair share of record-breaking cameras and lenses in terms of prices. And now, Nikon has broken its own record with the highest-ever price its lens fetched at an auction.
A super-rare 1970s Nikkor 58mm f/1.0 lens was sold for €187,500 (~$183,500) at the latest Wetzlar Camera auction. And this whopping price isn’t for nothing – the lens so rare that it seems to be the only one of its kind known to date.
The Wetzlar Camera Auction is always interesting and sometimes amusing to watch. Interesting to see some of the rare items that often seem to pop up and amusing because of the ridiculous sums of money that some people are willing to fork over in order to own them. And the recently concluded Wetzlar auction is no exception, where one person paid almost $700,000 for a rare 24x24mm Leica M prototype.
Before the auction began, the rare Leica was estimated to be worth around €8,000-10,000 but it went under the hammer for a whopping €687,500, which equates to around $668,000 in US currency at today’s exchange rate. With its square 24x24mm exposures, it was designed to capture 52 images on a roll of film rather than the standard 36 for the regular 35mm format.