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Rarest Leica Luxus and other classic cameras in the spotlight at Bonhams camera auction
Leica Luxus II, 1932. Photo: Bonhams.
HONG KONG.- Following the huge success of the inaugural auction of Leica cameras held by Bonhams Hong Kong in November 2012 where a world record of HK$7,460,000 was achieved for a Leica Luxus I, The Leica and Classic Camera Auction will be held on 22 November at 6 pm at the Island Ballroom of the Island Shangri-La Hotel.

Leading the sale of this highly collectable commodity are again cameras made in very limited numbers. In addition to the legendary Leica Luxus, cameras from other top marques such as Nikon, Canon and Hasselblad will tempt aficionados. Highlights of the 83-lot sale include:

Lot 1681
An extraordinarily rare Leica Luxus II, 1932

No. 88840. with 50mm f/3.5 Elmar lens, faux lizard skin body covering and gold plated fittings, and Leica Luxus crocodile camera case with brass fastening clip. Estimate: HK$6,000,000-9,000,000

According to Leitz factory records, only four Leica Luxus IIs were made with serial numbers: 88840, 94573, 97313 and 98248. The whereabouts of the other three examples is currently unknown. 

Although the crocodile ever-ready case appears in various advertisements for Leica Luxus, this is the first example ever to come to light. The British owner of this camera was a keen amateur photographer who acquired this Leica soon after World War II and used it for many years.

Lot 1682
The ledgendry Leica Luxus I, 1930

No. 37260 with 50mm f3.5 Elmar lens, faux lizard skin body covering and gold plated fittings. Estimate: HK$5,000,000-7,000,000

The Leica Luxus cameras were produced on special order only in very limited numbers - just 95 of them - between 1929 and 1930 and it is not know for certain how many have survived.

Lot 1677
A Leica IIIf Black Swedish army body, 1956

A series of 100 Kaltefest ("winterized") Leica IIIf were produced in 1956 for the Swedish Army for arctic operations. Estimate: HK$400,000-600,000

Lot 1603
A Leica MP Hermes Edition, 2003

The “Edition Hermès” is a special edition of 500 silver-chrome LEICA MP cameras covered with exquisite Barenia calfskin supplied by the famed Parisian high-fashion house Hermès. Estimate: HK$85,000-125,000

Lot 1634
A 'Jesse Owens' Leica R4 presentation camera set, 1986

600 sets were issued in 1986 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Jesse Owens' achievements at the 1936 Olympic Games. Estimate: HK$15,000-20,000

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