The Vienna auction house WestLicht will sell rare cameras and famous photo prints on the occasion of “175 Years of Photography” and “100 Years of Leica”. On November 21st the focus will be on pictures and on November 22nd, 2014 camera rarities will come under the hammer. Here are the Leica highlights.

Pictures of 100 Years Leica History

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Diane Arbus: Identical Twins

On 21st November, the auctions begins with famous prints. The highlight: Four works by American photographer Diana Arbus, including the two pictures:

  • „Identical Twins (Cathleen and Colleen)“ from 1967 (Estimated price 80,000 to 100,000 Euro)
  • „The King and Queen of a Senior Citizens Dance“, New York 1970 (Estimated price 50,000 to 70,000 Euro)

Among the other 190 lots works of well-known Magnum photographers are represented, such as:

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Marc Riboud
  • Werner Bischof
  • Robert Capa
  • Inge Morath
  • Erich Lessing
  • and of the recently deceased René Burri.

Leica Rarities and World Records

Here are some highlights which will be auctioned on November 24th:

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Leica IIIf
  • A black painted Leica IIIf for the Swedish Army from 1956 (Estimated price 50,000 to 60,000 Euro).
  • The personal Leica M3 by Franz Hubmann (Estimated price 3,500 bis 4,000 Euro)
  • A Leica MP-24 from 1957 in original condition (Estimated price 150,000 bis 180,000 Euro).
  • The last available Leica M special series ‘Edition 100’ (Estimated price 50,000 bis 60,000 Euro).
  •  The famous “Red Flag 20” – a Chinese Leica M4 / M5 copy with three lenses (Estimated price 45,000 bis 55,000 Euro)

In the last few years WestLicht regularly presents world records: For the sensational price of 2.16 million euros (including buyer’s premium) a Leica 0-series went under the hammer. And a legendary M3D was sold for 1.68 Mio euros and is now the most expensive serial production camera ever.

All lots are viewable online at www.westlicht-auction.com.

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