A rare antique camera to be auctioned at Bonhams in November may be sold for over £1 million, according to experts.
The Leica Luxus II camera is one of only four ever made and has been valued between £500,000 and £800,000. The camera has a case made of crocodile skin, making it very distinctive.
As the Leica brand is extremely popular, experts believe that the camera could be sold for far more than predicted and stands a chance of breaking a world record.
A presenter and expert from Antiques Roadshow, Marc Allum, first saw the camera 12 years ago while filming the programme. He said that Leica, which developed the 35mm film and produced some of the best cameras, also made special editions of its devices. As the Leica Luxus II is just one of several manufactured, it is likely to be one of the rarest available worldwide.
The late owner was a keen amateur photographer and was given the camera following World War II, possibly by a friend of the family. The managing director of Bonhams, Jon Baddeley, said that the owner wasn’t a collector and would have been unaware of its potential value.
Antiques of all types can create excitement as some of the history is discovered by experts. Rare pieces of vintage technology – such as cameras, watches and type writers – and antique furniture will generally be available at a lower price at reputable dealers than at auction, as a buyer’s premium won’t be added to the final amount.
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