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DoneSat, May 12, 2012 9:00 AM GMT

21st WestLicht Photographica Camera Auction

More than 600 rare and exquisite items will be for sale at the 21st WestLicht Photographica Camera Auction on May 12th. Along with the familiar high quality offer of outstanding cameras and Photographica, this WestLicht Auction will see several extraordinary and important cameras up for sale: The absolute highlight is an exemplar of the Leica 0-Series. Only 25 pieces of these cameras were produced by Leitz in 1923, to test the market for 35mm cameras. Another exemplar of the 0-Series attained a world-record breaking price for cameras of 1.320.000 EUR at the 19th WestLicht Auction last year. Also among the top-lots is one of only two Leica M3 cameras that was officially gold plated by Leitz. Another rarity is the Shanghai Red Flag 20 outfit. An extremely rare complete outfit of the Chinese copy of the Leica, of which less than 200 pieces were produced by direct government order and were never offered to market. A similar outfit achieved 108,000 EUR at the last auction. Its outstanding and extraordinary design has made the Yalluflex one of the rarest and most sought-after Japanese cameras. The total production did not exceed 50 pieces, and only a few of them are known to still exist today. An special milestone of photography is the AEG cloud-camera from 1935. It is the first time such a camera is offered at auction, it is the mother of all modern fisheye-lenses.