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Leica MP black paint no. 26                                                      € 150.000                                                                                 Leica MP chrome no. 191           € 40.000*
              no. MP-26, 1957, condition B−                                                 € 300.000 – 350.000                                                                          no. MP-191, 1957, condition B/A   € 80.000 – 100.000
              It was at the ‘Photokina’ fair in Cologne in 1956 when the   Ludwig Leitz, who was the director of the development and                                                     Very rare camera in original condition, with all matching
              new Leica MP was introduced to the public. It was much   construction department in 1955.                                                                                  features, like the body without self-timer and with early strap
              more than a mere variation of the Leica M3. It was the only                                                                                                                lugs, matching back door, double stroke advance, engraved
              serial model which has an individual number, differing   The camera offered here is in original condition, showing a                                                       inside with the serial number ‘MP-191’, it is in beautiful
              fundamentally from the usual fabrication numbers of all other   patina of years of professional use. As the previous owner                                                 and perfect working condition, comes with a matching
              Leica cameras. With a total number of only 412 units   only used the Leicavit to wind up the camera, the winding                                                           chrome Leicavit MP, Summicron 2/50 mm no. 1708747, and
              produced, the MP is among the rarest Leica models of all   lever has been shortened to his order. It comes with a                                                          rare everady case. The MP-191 was delivered to Schmidt,
              time. The black-paint version was produced only 141 times   matching Leicavit MP in black paint finish and an early black                                                  Tokyo, on 31.07.1957. The chrome MP started with a
              and acquired mainly by professional photographers. Many   paint / brass mount Summicron 2/5 cm no. 1474855 (very                                                           small batch between nos. MP-1 to MP-11, followed by
              of the famous Magnum photographers used MP cameras.   good optics with only minimal cleaning marks). The camera                                                            nos. MP-151 to MP-402, it is one of the rarest and most
              Today it is among the most sought-after Leicas of all. The   was delivered to Brandt, Sweden on 22.07.1957, the lens to                                                    collectable Leicas made.
              idea which led to the production of the MP model came   the same location only a few days later on 30.07.1957.
              from several well-known American press photographers,
              who wanted to make use of the advantages of the Leicavit   The Leica MP is one of the most important Leica cameras
              (available at that time for IIIf only) on their Leica M cameras   made and the one that started the trend of black paint M
              as well. It was mainly the suggestion of Alfred Eisenstaedt   cameras being used by professionals and loved by collectors
              and David Douglas Duncan which aroused the interest of Dr.   nowadays.
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