COLOGNE, Germany – A camera-gun, an early photograph of Niagara Falls, rare stereo images and cinematographic equipment are all included in a special auction devoted to photography and film, to be conducted by Auction Team Breker on Sept 23. The more than 600 lots in the sale cover a colorful range of 200 years of photo and film history. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Secret agents of all ages will be fascinated with a selection of secret cameras, disguised as pocket watches ( “Ticka,” 1905, lot 361, estimate: €600-€700), books (Dr. Krügener’s Paperback Camera, from 1890, lot 588, estimate: €1,500-€2,000) and pistols (Doryu 2-16, 1955, Lot 365, estimate: €12,000-€15,000).
A special highlight of this auction provides a private collection of classic 35mm cameras is, with rarities such as the limited-edition Leica M6 Polyphoto (Lot 240, estimate: €2,500-€3.000) or the Nikon SP with the super-fast Nikkor-NC 1.1/5 cm lens (Lot 64, estimate: €4,500-€5,500) and the Leica IIIc “Air Force property” in technically excellent condition (Lot 186, estimate: €3,000-€4000).
Three 1840s French stereo nude daguerreotypes in the auction are from the from the collection of Peter Lars Petersen, aka “Court Photographer Peter Elfelt,” an early photographer and filmmaker from Denmark.
The birth of cinema is represented by hand-crank cameras like the Ernemann C, from 1914 (lot 613, estimate: €1,000-€1,500), a collection of rare original Lumiere films in their cans, from 1896 (lot 641, estimate: €700-€900) and a fascinating and unusual German 35 mm film silent movie camera from 1912 (lot 625, estimate: €3,500-€5.000).