Auction

Anything to do with auctions; Westlicht, Sothebys, (RED) and eBay.

Meet the $1.6M Leica Luxus II

This gold plated Leica Luxus II camera is the only surviving model found and is the first time the camera and its distinctive crocodile skin case has ever been seen. It is valued at between £500,000 and £800,000 ($807,850-$1,292,560 USD) but experts believe because of the trend for the Leica brand, it is likely to reach more than £1m ($1,615,700 USD) at auction and could become the most expensive camera ever sold. The Telegraph goes on to say that the camera was given to its late owner, an amateur photographer, after the end of WWII. He used it throughout the 1940s and 1950s and is unlikely to have been aware of how valuable it was to become. Marc Allum, antiques expert and a presenter on Antiques Roadshow, discovered the camera on the program 12 years ago and said it has the potential to be the “most valuable find ever.” If you're interested, make sure you put your bid in on Bonham's Lot 1681 now! Read more below for lot details.

Vanity Fair Interview with Newson and Ive

You may recall that on Tuesday we brought you the story, Leica (RED) M Revealed! (which we've also updated) about the collaboration between Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson to produce the Leica (RED) M camera, set to auction on November 23, 2013 via Sotheby's. The pair have selected or made more than 40 objects for an auction to benefit Bono’s (of U2 fame) Product (RED) anti-H.I.V. campaign. Meeting with Newson and Ive, Paul Goldberger explores the shared obsession and philosophy behind everything from iPhones to jumbo-jet interiors in Vanity Fair's "Designing Men" article.

Extremely Rare Luxus 1 to Sell at Auction

ePHOTOzine reports that Bonhams to Sell Extremely Rare Leica Luxus 1 at auction. One of the rarest cameras in the world, the legendary Leica Luxus 1, dating from 1930 - is estimated to sell for around £400,000 – £570,000 ($637,280 - $908,124 USD!). The Leica Luxus cameras were produced on special order in very limited numbers (just 95 of them) between 1929 and 1930 and it's unknown for sure how many have survived to this day. The auction itself will take place in Hong Kong on November 22, 2013 but before then the camera will be on view at Bonhams, Knightsbridge between October 27-29, 2013. Read more below for additional info.

Leica (RED) M Revealed!

You may recall the story about the Custom Special Edition Leica Auction where Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson worked with Leica to produce a custom, one-off special edition camera. This camera has now, finally, been revealed! Read more below for full details additional images!

Custom Special Edition Leica Auction

You may recall, about a year ago, shortly after the new M was announced - we ran a story about Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson working with Leica to produce a custom, one-off special edition camera. Well, the time has come for the promised (RED) auction to be done in collaboration with Bono (the lead singer of U2) and Marc Newson. The auction will be at Sotheby's in New York on November 23, 2013 - with the proceeds going towards Global Fund to help fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. The auction is a followup to the 2008 (RED) auction that raised $40 million. Read more below for the flyer with details...

Custom Special Edition Leica

At Leica’s special event last night, after the new Leica M was announced - Dr. Andreas Kaufmann revealed that they’re planning a custom special edition version of the camera - to be designed by none other than Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive. There will only be one made and auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charity.

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