Huge camera collection forms Bruneau auction March 28

Vintage camera collection

Canon Model IV S 35mm rangefinder camera, circa 1952-1953, including neck strap, skylight filter and lens cap, plus one Serenar 50mm f/1.8 lens. Estimate: $300-$500. Bruneau & Co. image

CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, in partnership with Coronado Trading of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, will present a camera and lens extravaganza sale on Saturday, March 28, at the Bruneau & Co. gallery. In all, more than 800 lots will be sold to the highest bidder without reserve. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Starting at noon Eastern time, the online portion of the sale will feature over 600 cataloged lots of 35mm and small and medium format vintage cameras, including scarce and unusual cameras and lenses.

All lots are from a single-owner collection out of Saratoga, Calif. It was brought to the attention of Bruneau & Co. by James Supp of Coronado Trading, who’s well-known to TV fans as an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. He’s also a contributor to the Bruneau podcast The Justuff League. He and a friend, Dr. Russell Young, helped catalog and organize the sale.

“It was such an exciting time getting to work on a vast collection such as this,” said Supp. “Collectors will be coming out of the woodwork to get their hands on some of these lots. It was also a great opportunity to work with Bruneau & Co. on a collaborative effort. Always fun working as a team.”

“After organizing this collection, you pretty much have the spectrum of 20th century photographic history in terms of cameras. Looking at these cameras was like walking into a major museum,” added Young.

Vintage camera collection

Group of three Zeiss Ikon Contax II 544/24 35mm rangefinder cameras. Includes one fitted leather case and two Carl Zeiss lenses. Estimate: $300-$600. Bruneau & Co. image

Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, expressed awe and gratitude that the collection made its way to him from across the country. “It’s going to be amazing to see all the collectors from around the world who pay attention to the auction,” he said. “There’s truly an eclectic mix of cameras with some models that I’m sure will bring a surprise across the block.”

Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer, likened the sale to a prior one in a different category when he said, “Just like the antique telephones, this auction is going to be an unbelievable learning experience. I can’t wait to see what pops and drives collectors crazy. This is a big change of pace from toys, comics and fine art. It’s going to be an awesome experience.”

Fans of vintage Canon cameras will be treated to a Canon Model IV S 35mm rangefinder camera (top image), circa 1952-1953, including neck strap, skylight filter and lens cap, plus one Serenar 50mm f/1.8 lens; and a Canon Model II B 35mm rangefinder camera (below), circa 1949-52, marked “Made in Occupied Japan,” with a fitted leather case and Canon Serenar 50mm f/3.5 lens. Both have estimates of $300-$500.

Vintage camera collection

Canon Model II B 35mm SLR camera, circa 1949-1952, marked ‘Made in Occupied Japan,’ with a fitted leather case and Canon Serenar 50mm f/3.5 lens. Estimate: $300-$500. Bruneau & Co. image

Lenses will feature a Kern Macro-Switar AR 50mm f/1.9 lens for Alpha mount (below), with lens hood, lens cap and original box (est. $800-$1,200); a Kodak Ektar 35mm f/3.3 lens for Ektra mount with no signs of wear and perfect glass (est. $400-$600); and a Voigtlander Nokton lens 50mm f/1.5, for Leica L39 LTM mount (est. $400-$600).

Vintage camera collection

Kern Macro-Switar AR 50mm f/1.9 lens for Alpha mount, with lens hood, lens cap and original box. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Bruneau & Co. image

 

Zeiss revered name among camera collectors and aficionados. Lots will include:

– A group of three Zeiss Ikon Contax III 543/24 35mm rangefinder cameras. The lot includes one fitted leather case and three lenses: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8, Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 50mm f/2, and Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 50mm f/2 with lens hood (est. $300-$600).
– A group of three Zeiss Ikon Contax II 544/24 35mm rangefinder cameras. The lot includes one fitted leather case and two lenses: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8 and Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 50mm f/2 (est. $300-$600).
– A Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 532/16 folding rangefinder camera, for 120 film, circa 1951. Includes a fitted leather case and a Zeiss-Opton Tessar lens 80mm f/2.8 (est. $100-$200).

Vintage camera collection

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 532/16 folding rangefinder camera, for 120 film, circa 1951. Includes a fitted leather case and a Zeiss-Opton Tessar lens 80mm f/2.8. Estimate: $100-$200. Bruneau & Co. image

For details contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers at info@bruneauandco.com or 401-533-9980.