If you’re looking for an extremely rare Leica like the M3 Prototype, you don’t want to miss the upcoming Leitz Photographica Auction!
Not so long ago, we excitedly reported the sweet lineup of the greatest and rarest Leica cameras that await us at the 34th run of the Leitz Photographica Auction (formerly WestLicht Photographica Auction). If you’ve set your eyes on the precious Leica M3 No.700005, you might also want to keep your eye out for the Leica M3 Prototype!
Leitz Photographica Auction recently dropped the announcement that we’ll also find the extremely rare vintage beauty in the auction happening around a month from now. The pre-series unit was produced as a test camera in 1952/53. It has all the original early features such as special film advance lever, external frame counter, reversed direction of the rewind knob, shape of self-timer, top plate with distinctive corners, matching base plate also with corners, completely different shutter casting and film guides, and special pre-series back.
It’s described as in excellent original condition and perfect working order so we can expect lots of Leica fans and vintage camera collectors to be keeping tabs on this. To get us all salivating even more, Leitz Photographica Auction also noted that this camera has never been offered in an auction before, and published for the first time. So, expect the starting bid, placed at €100,000 (approximately $112,000), to go up as this is indeed a rare opportunity to add such a unique and historic Leica to a camera collection!
Not quite what you’re looking for? Leitz Photographica Auction also advised that their complete catalogue will be available within the first weeks of May. As always, we’ll be on the look out for the latest developments, but if you want to know more about the stuff you’ll find in the upcoming auction and stay updated yourself, do check out the Leitz Photographica Auction website.