A collection of historic Leica cameras will go under the hammer at the 32nd WestLicht Camera Auction in Vienna on March 10.
One of the highlights will be a Leica 0-series No. 122. With the original folding viewfinder, unique film spool and take-up spool, it is probably the most original and best condition to be auctioned. It is estimated that it will fetch €700,000 to €900,000 (HK$6.82 million to HK$8.77 million). When this camera series was launched in 1923, only about 25 pieces were produced. It was one of the major rarities in camera history.
Other highlights includes a Leica M3 prototype No. 0040 and Leica MP black paint No. MP-89, which it is estimated will fetch from €300,000 to €400,000, and €200,000 to €250,000, respectively.