Extremely Rare Leica M3 Prototype Awaits at Leitz Photographica Auction

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.

 

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Another BIG highlight from our auction in June 8th!: Leica M3 prototype *📷 Extremely rare M3 prototype (pre-series, produced as test camera in 1952/53). The camera is in excellent original condition and in perfect working order. It got all original early features including 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, special pre-series back etc. All these small details makes the experience of using the camera quite unique. A rare opportunity to acquire one of the most important cameras in Leica's history, the camera was never offered in an auction before, it is also published for the first time! Starting price 100.000 EUR See all the detailed photos to fully appreciate all the small differences that never went to the serial production M3! Our complete catalogue will be available in the first weeks of May. For more information about buying and selling cameras in our auction visit our newly redesigned website: www.leitz-auction.com #leitz #vintage #leitzauction #cameraauction #leica #wetzlarauction #rarecamera

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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.