Along with the familiar high quality offer of outstanding cameras and Photographica, this WestLicht Auction on May 23rd will see the presumably earliest Leica M3 pre-model ever built. The camera is in near mint condition and differs in many details from the other "00XX"-series cameras. It will be auctioned with a matching prototype dual-lever Summikron (written with a 'k') of which are only two are known to exist.
The next lots of equal exclusivity are a number of handpicked Leicas: next to sought-after rarities like a war-time Reporter Leica in fantastic original condition, this auction will see two near mint olive M Leicas: an original Leica M3 olive for the Germany Army and the extremely rare Leica M4 olive (one out of a production of only 30 pieces).
The range of rare Japanese cameras covers wonderful Nikon I in near mint condition, an extensive Nikon SP chrome outfit in mint condition and the very first verified 'Original Black' Nikon S3 from first batch of about 50 cameras in beautiful and 100% original condition.
We are also very pleased to be able to offer an extremely rare Carl Zeiss UV-Sonnar 4.3/105mm for Hasselblad C (total production 73) in perfect condition and one of the few early NASA modified 500 EL/M which was a pre-runner of the later produced HEC (Hasselblad Electric Camera) for the Apollo Lunar missions. This camera is from the first generation NASA motor-driven cameras and comes with a special NASA Planar 2.8/80mm. The camera and the lens are especially designed for use in space.
Another highlight of the next auction is the wide range of historical cameras and optical toys. Next to a well preserved Francais Kinegraph Stereo we are able to offer two exceptional Dallmeyer cameras: an Universal Sliding Box Camera from c.1870 and a Naturalist Tropical Reflex dating from c.1910. In addition there is a wide choice of handpicked Stanhope Viewers and a collection of rare and exclusive Magic Lanterns.