Bonhams has announced that it will be holding its first Leica camera auction on November 23 in Hong Kong.
As well as the first conducted by the auction house, the sale is also the first of its kind to be held in Asia, with over 250 lots from the prestigious camera manufacturer offered from two major private collections.
Highlighting the auction will be items from the personal collection of respected horologist Dr George Daniels, with proceeds to benefit the George Daniels Educational Trust. More from Daniels' estate will be seen at Sotheby's on November 6, when the auction house offers the George Daniels Horological Collection.
The Leica camera was first introduced to the photographic community at the Leipzig Trade Fair of 1925, by the German scientific instrument company Ernst Leitz. The Leica I was a revolutionary full-frame 35mm film camera, based on the 1913 UR-Leica prototype of the company's engineer Oskar Barnack.
Leica cameras have since been the preferred choice of numerous professional photographers, including the famed "father of modern photojournalism", Henri Cartier-Bresson, who reportedly used a range of Leica models throughout his career.
The attention of the collectibles market was drawn to the illustrious brand earlier this year, when one of just 25 Leica 0-Series cameras - which were used to test the market in 1923 - sold for a record price of $2.8m in May.
We are also offering a range of great photography collectibles, including an autographed copy of Yousef Karsh's Karsh a Fifty-Year Retrospective.