I guess we’re all used to Leica gear being expensive. But when it’s rare as this Vario-Elmar-M 3.5-5.6/28-75mm ASPH. prototype lens, it gets even pricier. This Vario-Elmar prototype is one of only three existing in the world, and it was recently sold at an auction for a whopping €240,000, which is more than $290,300 USD.
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If you’ve always wanted to own one of the photos taken in space – well, now’s your chance. Christie’s has put a huge collection of space photos up for an auction: there are 700 lots with over 2,400 separate items in total. The collection includes iconic and rare images, such as the only photo of Neil Armstrong on the Moon.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong set their feet on the Moon’s surface. If you’d like to own your own piece of the historic moment, now you can. Original NASA red number prints are available for auction at Sotheby’s, some of them starting at as low as $50.
Former NASA intern Gary George recently sold the original footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing at auction house Sotheby’s. He scored $1.82 million from this sale, which is more than 8,000 times more than he originally paid for the footage.
Well, here’s an interesting one. How do you sell a lens that doesn’t actually exist yet? I don’t know, but somebody’s found a way, as there appears to be a brand new Sony 200-600G OSS f/5.6-6.3 FE lens up for sale on Yahoo Auctions Japan. Despite the fact that this lens isn’t even expected to be announced until next week, there are even photos of it in the listing.
Made in 1948, this Nikon I rangefinder camera, serial number 60924, represents the oldest known surviving production model Nikon in the world. The very first Nikon I held the serial number 60922, making this the third Nikon camera of all time off the production line. It is one of two cameras made in 1948 still known exist, and it has gone up for auction at WestLicht Photographica.
It’s an incredible piece of history, and not one that many of us are likely to afford, short of selling our homes. The starting price for this Nikon I is €90,000 (around $98,000) with the value estimated to be €160,000-180,000 ($175,000-196,000). Then you’ve got 20-24% to add on top of that for taxes, commission, etc. Of course, such a unique piece of photographic history has the potential to go much higher depending on who may be interested in it.
Acquired by the Bettwieser a year ago at auction,the bundles of film are meticulously wrapped and labelled, including information such as the camera used, light modifiers, and exactly when the films were shot.
If you think that 400mm f/2.8 is looking expensive in your B&H cart, you might want to think again. Earlier this week, a 50mm f/8 lens used by NASA in its Apollo moon missions sold for just under half a million dollars.[Read More…]
The notorious photograph, Man In A Polyester Suit, taken in 1980 by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, sold at a Sotheby’s (New York) auction on Wednesday for $478,000. The sale makes the photograph one of the most expenisve photos ever sold, though it’s still quite a ways off from list topper, Rhein II which sold for a whopping $4.3M.
As some of you may recall, Man In A Polyester Suit–a NSFW photo which shows a man wearing a three piece suit with his penis out has had a troubled history. In 1989, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center put the image on exhibition, which resulted in public outrage and criminal obscenity charges against the Center’s director. He was acquitted in 1990.[Read More…]