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Leica M3 no. 700365               € 16.000*
                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘one corner’
                                                                                                                                                                                      no. 700365, 1954, condition B/A   € 32.000 – 36.000
                                                                                                                                                                                      Very early M3 body with a distinctive corner at the front of
                                                                                                                                                                                      the top plate (only found on the earliest examples of the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Leica M3), with all original features like the early casting type,
                                                                                                                                                                                      long strap lugs, no ‘L’-seal, early viewfinder and back door,
                                                                                                                                                                                      the camera is in excellent condition, with a small dent
                                                                                                                                                                                      on the left strap lug, it comes with an early, collapsible
                                                                                                                                                                                      Summicron 2/5 cm no. 1126618, the camera was delivered
                                                                                                                                                                                      to New York on 13.03.1954

                                                             Experimental Leica M               € 15.000*
                                                             with metal slide shutter
                                                             1968                            € 30.000 – 40.000
                                                             Discovered only a few years ago, this special Leica M body
                                                             is an original prototype including a never-released shutter
                                                             type with vertically-travelling metal blinds. This unique
                                                             mechanism is built-in in a heavily modified Leica M body.
                                                             A view inside reveals that the entire mechanism was actually
                                                             designed for c.12 mm narrower housing (possibly a compact
                                                             version of Leica M4). Included in the lot are 10 original
                                                             large-format drawings showing the technical details of the
                                                             shutter assembly. Exactly this camera was shown in G.
                                                             Mann ‘Leicaflex, die Entwicklung einer Legende’ on page 362.
                                                             This special camera represents an interesting step in the
                                                             history of Leica and a unique insight into the development
                                                             of M cameras.
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