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Leica M3 black paint              € 30.000*
              First Batch
              no. 959418, 1959, condition B/A   € 60.000 – 70.000
              Sought-after, very early Leica M3 black paint, in excellent,
              unrestored condition, with all matching features, like long                                                             Leica M3 olive Bundeseigentum outfit                                              € 40.000*
              strap lugs, first-type base plate (hand-engraved with the first                                                         no. 920511, 1958, condition B                                                  € 80.000 – 100.000
              owner name) etc., with matching black paint, brass-mount
              Summicron 2/5 cm no. 1587482 (very good optics), the                                                                    Early version olive paint Leica M3 ‘Bundeswehr’ with long   When the West German Army (Bundeswehr) was established
              camera has been delivered to Brandt, Sweden on 31.12.1959.                                                              strap lugs and double stroke advance, in good, original   after 1955, the Leica M cameras formed a large share of the
                                                                                                                                      condition and in perfect working order, with beautiful patina   photographic 35 mm cameras ordered for the troops. Rare
                                                                                                                                      and small bubbles appearing in paint. Engraved ‘Bundes-   versions are the Leica M3, M1 and later also M4 models in
                                                                                                                                      eigentum 12-121-5418’ on top plate, with matching Elmar   the olive paint finish. Of the Leica M3, less than 300 units
                                                                                                                                      3.5/5 cm no. 1334812 engraved ‘Bundeseigentum 12-121-  were prepared in this finish in total. The offered camera
                                                                                                                                      5419’, ITOOY hood engraved ‘Bundeseigentum 12-121-  comes from an early small batch of only 20 cameras (serial
                                                                                                                                      5529’, Hektor 4.5/13.5 cm no. 1509711 with olive vulcanite   numbers 920501– 920521) delivered to the German army in
                                                                                                                                      and engraved ‘Bundeseigentum 12-120-1625’, Leica-Meter   1958. It is for sure one of the nicest sets we have seen.
                                                                                                                                      MC no. 75704 engraved with ‘Bundeseigentum 12-121-5608
                                                                                                                                      with olive-green keeper for the meter and booster and
                                                                                                                                      matching olive green outfit case.
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