If your wallet is getting a bit too heavy for your liking and you’re looking to own a few pieces of photography history, you’re in luck. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of its WestLicht camera auction, Leica is putting together a collection of cameras and collectibles of incredibly rare and historic Leica gear.
On November 19, 2016, Leica will hold its 30th WestLicht camera auction. Dozens of cameras, lenses, accessories, and photographs will be available for bidding, including portraits captured by world famous photographers and camera equipment used by iconic photojournalists.
One of the standout offerings is a black Leica M3 (No. 915252) used by German Magnum photographer Herbert List. This particular camera, which is incredibly rare and one of only 90 ever produced, was manufactured in 1958 and was used to capture assignments for Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and others.
Prototype cameras are also up for auction, including a special edition Leica made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the flagship Leica Store in Vienna. This particular set includes one of the 25 Leica M-A cameras produced for the special occasion, which comes with a reconstructed Leicameter M4 and a silver Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 lens. When all is said and done, this incredibly rare set is expected to sell for somewhere around $20,000.
In addition to Leica gear, equipment from other manufacturers is expected to be auctioned off as well, including the earliest surviving Nikon camera in existence. This Nikon One rangefinder, manufactured in April of 1948, was the 11th camera ever produced by Nikon according to the serial number and is expected to sell for at least $100,000.
To see a full list of items to be auctioned off, head on over to the WestLicht camera auction website — just make sure you have Google Translate ready, unless you know German.