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Leica Hosts 37th Annual Leitz Photographica Auction Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

10 October 2020

Leica has announced the 37th Annual Leitz Photographica Auction will be held Nov. 21. The event has established itself as one of the world's leading auctions for classic and vintage cameras and photographica.

This year's highlights include:

  • The Voigtlander Daguerreotype Camera 1840 (estimated price €200,000 to 300,000) was presented by Peter Wilhelm Friedrich Voigtlander in 1840 and is of historic significance thanks to its fast f3.7 Petzval lens as it was 15 times faster than the lenses that Daguerre used in his constructions.
  • One of the rarest and most unusual Leica accessories is the E. Leitz New York Leica Gun Rifle (estimated price: €200,000 to 250,000). The Leica rifle was launched on the market in 1938 by E. Leitz, Inc., New York, under the code name Rifle. The rifle was produced for only a year (between 1938 and 1939) and was inspired by the well-known wildlife photographer Attilio Gatti. Today, there are probably only 12-14 copies still in existence and these are scattered over collections worldwide.
  • One of only three existing Vario-Elmar-M lenses is also being auctioned. The Vario-Elmar-M 3.5-5.6/28-75mm ASPH. (estimated price: €60,000 to 80,000) was developed in Germany and designed as a universal lens to replace the Tri-Elmar 28-35-50. The project was discontinued in 2015 due to the complexity of the mechanical and visual design. Only three lenses were completed and meet the quality standards determined by the Leica engineers.
  • In collaboration with Licht ins Dunkel, a Leica M-P Grip by Rolf Sachs including a signed print of the artist will be for sale. The camera was produced in collaboration with the artist and photographer and offered worldwide in a limited edition of only 79 sets.

Bids for the upcoming auction can be submitted online, in writing or by telephone, live worldwide, via

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