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Westlicht Gallery in Vienna to hold a photographic auction of vintage cameras and lenses
A Leica M3 Chrome "Leica Technik" outfit dated ca1953 (with a starting price of 80,000 Euros) with three prototype lenses are pictured ahead of an auction in Vienna on November 21, 2013. The Westlicht Gallery in Vienna, will hold a photographic auction on November 23 of several vintage cameras. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEIN.
VIENNA.- With many important items and special rarities, exciting bidding wars are expected once again at the 24th auction. A selection of around 700 cameras, lenses and accessories of the highest quality will go under the hammer on 23rd November 2013.

One of the top lots is a unique Leica I Mod. C Luxus (estimate: 150,000 - 200,000 Euros). The camera, which was made in 1930, is in perfect original condition. Between 1929 and 1931 only 95 "Luxus" cameras were produced, only very few survived.

Other extraordinary collectibles include two Leicas with particularly prominent serial numbers. In 1960, the millionth Leica - the M3 chrome No. 1,000,000 - was presented to Dr. Ludwig Leitz by Willi Stein, the ‘Father’ of the M3 (estimate: 400,000 - 500,000 Euros). Later displayed in the Leica Museum (still having the museum sticker) it is one of the few official presentation cameras. Also the Leica IIIf with the serial number 500,000 (estimate: 200,000 - 250,000 Euros) was presented to Dr. Ernst Leitz II in 1951.

Further highlights of the auction are two Nikon items. A very rare Stereo-Nikkor 3,5/3,5 cm outfit, in near mint condition will be presented (estimate: 35,000 - 40,000 Euros) as well as a Nikon F3 NASA 250 (estimate: 50,000 - 60,000 Euros). This "Space Shuttle" version of the F3 was specially modified for use in space. Only about 19 of these cameras were produced for NASA, some of which were lost in space.

The only existing complete Charles Chevalier daguerreotype camera outfit from 1842 stands out among the most important lots from the early days of photography. It is a mahogany quarter-plate camera and matching Chevalier lens with a set of accessories to produce daguerreotypes in its original carrying box (estimate 80,000 - 100,000 Euros).

Another great rarity from the early days of photography, around 1845, is a very rare version of an American daguerreotype outfit. It comes with the original tripod which is highly sought after by collectors (estimate: 30,000 - 35,000 Euros).

The auction is accompanied by a 4-colour catalogue that can be ordered online immediately via www.westlicht-auction.com

Bids may be submitted online, via phone, fax or live from all over the world via www.liveauctioneers.com from mid October and in person in the auction hall.





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