With the 23rd WestLicht Photographica Auction on 24th / 25th May 2013 the Vienna based auction house  starts their twelfth year.

WestLicht Records

Last year the WestLicht Photographica Auction has attracted a lot of attention by a number of world records. For the sensational price of 2.16 million euros (including buyer’s premium) a Leica 0-series went under the hammer.

In November the auction house presented the most expensive camera from a serial production ever: The legendary M3D for 1.68 Mio euros.
So we can only be curious about what will happen in Vienna this year. As always a number of historical treasures are ready to be auctioned – here are some highlights:

Leica III Mod. F LUXUS ‘Karl Henkell’ (1931/33)

Opening Bid: 150,000 EUR
Estimate: 250,000 – 300,000 EUR

Unique outfit of original Leitz gold plated ‘Luxus’ camera with brown lizard leather covering and 2 gold plated lenses (Summar 2/5cm no.190131, Elmar 3.5/3.5cm no.182545).

The history of this unique camera is well documented. It was originally delivered 1931 to Besier Wiesbaden as a Luxus IC non standard outfit with 4 lenses. In the same year it came back to Leitz for repair and was converted in Leica II Luxus. In 1933 it was updated in Leica III Luxus. Finally the camera went into possession of Karl Henkell, father of Otto Henkell (Henkell Trocken).

The Elmar 3.5cm was delivered as a sample lens to a Leitz representative (Barsing, Reise) in 1934 and went back to factory in January 1938. Probably this lens was then used for being gold plated and acquired by Karl Henkell.


Leica M3 ‘Prototype’ (1952)
Opening bid: 70,000 EUR
Estimate: 120,000 – 150,000 EUR

This extremely rare Leica M3 prototype was made for testing purposes in 1952/53. The camera is in perfect working condition with original features including film advance lever, external frame counter, early speed dial, shape of selftimer, backdoor with film marker punch and ceramic pressure plate. With matching dual-lever prototype Summicron 2/5cm no.920060 (same ‘0060’ number as the body) in perfect condition (early cap).  This camera is one of the most important cameras in Leica’s history and was never offered in auction before.


M7 Titan ’50 Years’ Triple Lens Kit (2004)
Opening bid: 60,000 EUR
Estimate: 120,000 – 150,000 EUR

For the 50th anniversary of the Leica M system the german camera manufacturer presented a special limited edition of the Leica M7 at Photokina 2004 in Cologne. The camera is made with solid titanium. The package also includes the Leica Summicron-M 1:2 / 28mm ASPH., Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4 / 50mm ASPH. and Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2 / 90mm ASPH.

This set is the last of 50 editions – complete and brand new with all papers and boxes


Noctilux 1.2/50mm chrome ‘Prototype’ (1964)
Opening bid: 30,000 EUR
Estimate: 60,000 – 80,000 EUR

This is one of the few original chrome Noctilux lenses with prototype serial number. The lens is more heavy (522g) than the standard black Noctilux (458g) as produced in heavy brass.

It is in perfect mint condition.



Leica IIIf black paint ‘Swedish Army’ (1956)
Opening bid: 30,000 EUR
Estimate: 50,000 – 60,000 EUR

In 1956 only 100 cameras with special black painted Elmar 3.5/5cm were manufactured for the Swedish military. They were winterised to enable them to function in Arctic conditions. This camera is in 100% mint original.

The IIIf black is not only one of the top collectors items, but also one of the most attractive military Leica cameras ever!



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