WestLicht’s May 23 auction focuses on 100 Years of Leica
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“Lilliput camera with cine film finished.” With this entry by Oskar Barnack in the workshop logbook of the famous Leitz factory’s optical plant in Wetzlar, dated March 1914, the history of Leica began 100 years ago.
In 2014 the company Leica Camera AG celebrates this anniversary by inaugurating the new Leitz Park in Wetzlar, the location where everything began.
WestLicht will present 100 rare treasures from every epoch of technical development of the Leitz history, impressively demonstrating the entire innovative potential of Leica. Beginning with a telescope built by Carl Kellner, the precursor company of Leitz, in 1852, to rarities like the Leica I A with Anastigmat lens, the Luxus Leica, the Leica 250 with electric motor drive, the black Leica MP, to cameras owned by famous Magnum photographers.
Additionally, 100 photography lots throw an impressive light on the oeuvre of famous Leica photographers. Many of these images have long become part of our collective memory and visual landmarks of history. Rare vintage prints by Oskar Barnack, Lothar Rübelt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, René Burri, David Douglas Duncan, Thomas Hoepker, Inge Morath, Chris Steele Perkins, F.C. Gundlach, Elliott Erwitt, Ulrich Mack, Josef Koudelka and many others have been assembled for the catalog by curator Michael Koetzle.
The exclusive catalog (432 pages, hardcover, with texts by renowned authors and experts) has also been published in a special edition of 100 numbered and signed copies and can be ordered from WestLicht.
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