The thirty ninth Leitz Photographica Public sale not too long ago concluded and a uncommon 1957 Leica MP Black Paint version digicam went for the very best worth by far, commanding a closing worth of 1,200,000 Euros (about $1,344,366). The Leica MP is one among solely 412 ever produced, making it one of many rarest Leica fashions of all time. The Leitz Photographic public sale says that this model was acquired primarily by skilled photographers and that lots of the most well-known Magnum photographers of the time used Leica MP cameras. “At this time it’s among the many most sought-after Leicas of all,” the public sale writes. “The concept which led to the manufacturing of the MP mannequin got here from a number of well-known American press photographers, who wished to utilize some great benefits of the Leicavit (obtainable at the moment for IIIf solely) on their Leica M cameras as nicely. It was primarily the suggestion of Alfred Eisenstaedt and David Douglas Duncan which aroused the curiosity of Dr. Ludwig Leitz, who was the director of the event and building division in 1955.” The particular Leica MP that was provided at public sale this previous week was listed as in “lovely” situation, with only some minimal indicators of use. Leitz Photographica particularly notes that it is among the greatest examples of this specific digicam mannequin its specialists had ever seen and was initially delivered on the market to Leitz London on July 24, 1957. “The Leica MP is among the most vital Leica cameras made and possibly the one which began the development of black paint M cameras being utilized by professionals and cherished by collectors these days,” Leitz Photographica says.
The Leitz MP was estimated to be valued at between 300,000 and 3500,000 Euros (about $336,091 and $392,106) earlier than the public sale, began bidding at 150,000 Euros (about $168,045), however after what will need to have been a severe and spirited bidding session, the ultimate hammer worth noticed the worth balloon to an unlimited 1,200,000 Euros (about $1,344,366). This closing worth significantly eclipses the opposite highest promoting objects, together with a Contax Rifle digicam that bought for 120,000 Euros (about $134,436), a Prototype Summarit lens that bought for 264,000 Euros (about $295,760), and a Leica M3 that bought for 264,000 Euros (about $295,760). The highest seven objects from the public sale are listed on the Leitz Photographica Public sale’s web site and a full record of all objects and their closing sale values might be present in an in depth PDF doc.