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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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