Published: July 5, 2011
The 19th WestLicht camera auction was conducted on May 28 featuring 721 lots and setting many new records worldwide. The highlight was an extremely rare Leica 0-series from 1923. After a tough bidding battle starting at about $300,000 and lasting for 20 minutes, the camera sold for a staggering $1.9 million. The bidder, a private collector from Asia, is a new owner of the most expensive camera ever sold worldwide.
A Leica MP2 was sold for $750,000.
From the Baringer collection, two of the most light-sensitive lenses in camera history went for ten times their starting prices: The Carl Zeiss Super-Q-Gigantar 0.33/40mm went to $85,000, and the Carl Zeiss Planar 0.7/50mm finished at $130,000.
A KGB espionage camera was auctioned for $50,000.
The net profits of the Nikon Europe benefit for aid for Japan’s Red Cross fulfilled all expectations and will be donated to Japan’s earthquake aid for victims of the natural catastrophe.
A total of 94 percent of the lots sold, and the sale’s gross was $6.3 million, making it the most successful in the history of WestLicht.
The highlight of the photography auction conducted on the same day was the sale of daguerreotypes by Auguste Rosalie Bisson from 1842. Two quarter plates were sold for $320,000. This was a record price for daguerreotypes in the German-speaking world. Additionally, two of the images were the most expensive ever sold by Auguste Rosalie Bisson.
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