Rare Leica M4 camera ‘used in Swedish film industry’ could bring $10,000
This rare camera is up for sale, a Leica M4, first delivered to the makers of films by Ingmar Bergman
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Friday 27 January 2012
Ever since a Leica 0-series camera from 1923 became the most expensive camera ever sold when it auctioned for $1.9m last year, there has been a growing buzz around the collectible photography equipment markets.
Upcoming market highlights include a Leica M4 camera (No. 1246697) produced between 1970-71. It is auctioning in Stockholm, Sweden on January 28. You can view our full report on it here.
Also appearing in the same sale is a Leica M3 camera (No. 959452) dating to 1959. Billed by the auctioneer as "a very rare camera in 100% original condition, except [the] flash sync," it carries a presale estimate of 60,000-70,000 SEK ($8,886-10,367).
The camera's flash sync was changed to a later type in 1968, but the original part is still included in this sale. Its other features include a black paint job and E service seal. This camera is also from the first batch of its kind that were manufactured in black.
If you're a European film buff, you'll also be interested to know that this camera was delivered by Leica to its first owner, Bengt Dyme, on September 26, 1959. Dyme worked for AB Svensk Filmindustri, the Swedish film company which produced classic films by Ingmar Bergman among others.
Watch this space for more news from the rare photography equipment markets
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