It wasn’t too long ago when we gave everyone a heads up that spy film is back for those cool Minox subminiature cameras. If you’re keen on trying out espionage photography but don’t have something to shoot with yet, this super rare ebay find seems like a good choice — especially if you have a taste for the luxurious stuff! This Minox B Gold, listed by Germany-based ebay seller trudhild, may look quite battered, but that’s sometimes as good as it can get when it comes to rare but used vintage items. Despite the cosmetic issue, the seller says it’s fully functional and the lens doesn’t have any scratches or fungus. It also comes with the original crocodile skin case. If that sounds like an interesting piece to you, it’s all yours for US $5,365 or your best offer.
Why exactly does it command such a hefty price tag, considering it’s not in pristine condition? The novelty of the subminiature format is one factor. Also, the 18-karat gold plated brass body gives it a stately look, perhaps even in such worn down condition. The prestige of owning one of only five Minox B Gold units, reportedly only made by special order, is certainly another. In better condition, this camera even commanded higher prices. During a WestLicht Photographica Auction in May 2007, one of these had a starting bid of €6,000 (around US $8,000). Two years prior, WestLicht Photographica auctioned off a unit that belonged to famous camera dealer Hans Koch for his 60th birthday. It went for a starting bid of €7,000. Another of these golden snappers also reportedly went to Prince Philip, who shot with it a lot. So yes, you’d also be in good company shooting with this iconic camera!
Do you think this golden spy camera deserves its price tag? Head to the ebay listing to learn more and make your best offer if you’re willing to get it.