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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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