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Leica M2 grey         € 200.000 *
              paint Betriebskamera
              no. M2–2071, 1960,    € 400.000 –500.000
              condition A/B
              In 1960 twenty grey-painted M2 cameras were
              delivered to the US Air Force in Germany.
              Out of these only ten cameras are believed
              still to exist, which makes the grey M2 one of
              the rarest production Leicas ever. The offered
              camera is an original pre-production sample of
              the grey M2. It shows the same, exceptional
              grey-paint finish, and includes some unique
              features. The serial number 2071 is among
              a batch of Leica M2 Betriebskameras (2001–
              2082) produced between 1958–1962, of which
              the no.2071 is the only grey painted known to
              exist. Unlike the serial production cameras, it
              is missing the 135 mm framelines. The techni-
              cal highlight of the camera is, however, hidden
              inside. Both shutter blinds are not made out of
              the usual fabric but are made of metal, coated
              in black paint. Until now, only a few shutter
              prototypes have been known with this special
              feature – this is the first known complete Leica
              M camera with metal focal-plane shutter!
              Included in this lot is written expertise from Mr
              Ottmar Michaely confirming the originality of
              this unique camera. This is, without a doubt,
              one of the most special Leicas we have ever
              seen!









                                                                                                                                      Leica M2 black paint              € 20.000 *
                                                                                                                                      ‘Walker Evans’
                                                                                                                                      no. 1031865, 1961, condition B–   € 40.000 –50.000
                                                                                                                                      Original black paint M2, owned and used by the famous U.S.
                                                                                                                                      photographer Walker Evans, incl. leather strap, screw-mount
                                                                                                                                      8-element Summicron 2/35 mm no. 1671593, 12571J hood,
                                                                                                                                      Provenance: a personal and professional assistant of Mr. Ev-
                                                                                                                                      ans who received his camera as a gift. Mr. Evans bought this
                                                                                                                                      camera in 1962 and used it for as long as he used the 35 mm
                                                                                                                                      format, until 1973 (when he began to use a Polaroid SX-70
                                                                                                                                      almost exclusively). Also included in the lot are two books:   American photographer and photojournalist. He is widely
                                                                                                                                      Jerry L. Thompson ‘The Last Years of Walker Evans’ and   acknowledged as one of the most important photographers
                                                                                                                                      James R. Mellow ‘Walker Evans’ – both include photos Evans   of the twentieth century and worked primarily in the US. His
                                                                                                                                      made with Leica camera. Walker Evans (1903–1975) was an   enormous artistic influence has been recognized not only
                                                                                                                                                                                      there, but also internationally. He is best known for his work
                                                                                                                                                                                      for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting
                                                                                                                                                                                      the effects of the Great Depression on the rural population
                                                                                                                                                                                      in the Mid 1930s. The portraits of the three families Fields,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Borroughs and Tingle became icons of photography history.
                                                                                                                                                                                      After 1945, Evans photographed, among others, American
                                                                                                                                                                                      urban landscapes and industrial buildings for magazines
                                                                                                                                                                                      like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Architectural Forum, Life and
                                                                                                                                                                                      Fortune. Because of his documentary style, he is considered
                                                                                                                                                                                      the forerunner of the German photographer couple Bernd
                                                                                                                                                                                      and Hilla Becher. In 1938 the MoMa organized the first exhi-
                                                                                                                                                                                      bition for a single photographer for Walker Evans: American
                                                                                                                                                                                      Photographs. Since then, many of his works are in permanent
                                                                                                                                                                                      collections of museums or have been the subject of retro-
                                                                                                                                                                                      spectives at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Art, the George Eastman Museum or the Centre Pompidou.
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