For anyone into photography, the Leitz Photographica Auction was something to see. The auction celebrated its 20th anniversary and its 40th auction recently in Wetzlar, Germany. The collection of cameras up for sale was a must-see. The auction features a variety of valuable cameras, such as the Leica 0-Series No. 105, produced in 1923.
The 0-Series included only 20 examples, with only twelve estimated to be in existence. The camera was owned by Oskar Barnack, the inventor of commercial 35mm photography. The 0-Series set the standard for the 35mm format, and this particular camera was sold for a record-breaking $2,633,568 USD in 2018. The auction also included a special gold-electroplated Leica MP with a black Elmar-M 1:2.8/50mm lens. The lens was reworked directly at Leica Camera AG in Wetzlar. The camera is unique, considering it doesn’t feature the typical engravings.
The camera has gold-colored engravings instead. Take a closer look at a few examples from the auction in the images below and find out more via the Leitz Photographica Auction website now.
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