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Leica 0-Series prototype          € 400.000
                                                                                                                                      c.1921, condition B           € 800.000 – 1.000.000

                                                                                                                                      The famous transitional prototype camera placed histori-
                                                                                                                                      cally between the Ur-Leica and the first 0-Series production
                                                                                                                                      models. It is a very interesting hybrid showing the progress
                                                                                                                                      of the technical development from a prototype to the early
                                                                                                                                      production camera. Only two similar prototypes are known
                                                                                                                                      to exist. The other one is finished in brass and has been
                                                                                                                                      illustrated and thoroughly described by Dr Günter Kisselbach
                                                                                                                                      in ‘Barnack’s Erste Leica’ (Barnack’s First Leica). Both share
                                                                                                                                      nearly the same external features and are equipped with
                                                                                                                                      the same tubular finder. The offered camera has undergone   ations to the chassis and mechanisms inside. For example,
                                                                                                                                      several modifications in its lifespan. Apparently, it served as   it was equipped initially with an early type folding finder, it
                                                                                                                                      a test camera for several years. It shows signs of many alter-  was later replaced with a tubular finder, but the signs of this
                                                                                                                                                                                      modification are still present inside of the camera. The lens
                                                                                                                                                                                      can be identified as a very early 5-element design, most
                                                                                                                                                                                      probably ‘BK 50/II’ of 1920/21. The camera has been finished
                                                                                                                                                                                      to its final form around 1938 – probably for display purposes.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Included in this lot is detailed expertise from Mr Ottmar
                                                                                                                                                                                      Michaely. The historical importance of this special camera has
                                                                                                                                                                                      been confirmed by numerous Leica experts like Paul-Henry
                                    Dear Friends of Leitz Photographica Auction,                                                                                                      van Hasbroeck, Lars Netopil or Ottmar Michaely. Exactly this
                                                                                                                                                                                      camera is illustrated in P.-H. van Hasbroeck ‘The Leica – A
                                                                                                                                                                                      History Illustrating Every Model and Accessory – Revised
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