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40th LEITZ PHOTOGRAPHICA AUCTION

Auction of historic cameras at the Leitz-Park

Renowned auction house "Leitz Photographica Auction" celebrates its 20th anniversary, holding the world's largest auction of historic cameras for the 40th time. Among the unique collectibles and extraordinary examples of camera history up for auction on June 11 at the Leitz-Park an exceptional highlight stands out: the Leica 0-Series No. 105 produced in 1923.

The 0-Series, a batch of prototypes, holds a special appeal for collectors of historically significant technical artifacts. Before the Leitz Camera – Leica for short – went into series production in the mid-1920s and made the 35mm format the new standard for professional photographers, approximately 20 examples of the 0-Series were manufactured. Around a dozen of them are estimated to still be in existence today.


The 0-Series No. 105 is not only exceptional because of its rarity, it was also one of the personal cameras of Oskar Barnack, the inventor of 35mm photography, whose name adorns the viewfinder of the camera. The historical significance of the 0-Series No. 105 as well as its famous previous owner are reflected in its estimated price of 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 euros. The starting bid is 1,000,000 euros. To put these sums in perspective: The world's most expensive camera to date – the 0-Series No. 122 – sold at the 32nd Leitz Photographica Auction in 2018 for 2.4 million euros (including buyer’s premium).

Custom-made for a good cause

To celebrate Leitz Photographica Auction's anniversary, a unique camera set will be auctioneered for a good cause. The analogue Leica MP with the serial number 5630769 and the Leica Elmar-M 1:2.8/50 with the serial number 3739015 are unique pieces that stem from a cooperation between Leica Camera AG and Leitz Photographica Auction.


Bids for the upcoming auction on June 11 can be submitted in advance – online (www.leitz-auction.com), in written form or by telephone. Live bidding during the auction is possible on site at Hotel Bristol in Vienna or at www.leitz-auction.com and www.liveauctioneers.com.

Next date
11 Jun 2022

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