A well-known photographic auction, Westlicht, will be staged on May 28 in Vienna, Austria, and have unveiled a few samples of what to expect in its Leica section. Taking the chunk of the limelight will be the 1923 Leica 0-Serie Nr.107. Only 25 of these cameras were produced, and it is the only camera known with ‘Germany’ engraving on the top plate. It was also apparently the first Leica camera to be exported as records indicate delivery to New York for patent applies. The piece is estimated to fetch between 350,000 and 450,000 Euros. The auction will also have the 2010 Leica M9 Titan Prototype, a fully-working prototype no.2 of the Titanium edition designed by Walter DeSilva. It has an analog viewfinder, one of 500 cameras equipped with LED illumination of the bright-line frames in the viewfinder and complete with the matching Titanium Summilux 1.4/35mm. It is estimated to fetch between 35,000-45,000 Euros.
The 1960 Leica M2 grey Nr. 1005767 was one of 20 M2 grey painted cameras that were delivered for the US Air Force. Only around 10 of these are believed to exist. This is estimated to fetch 80,000-120,000 Euros. Last but not least is the 1958 MP2 Chrome No. 952009, the first experimental Leica M-camera that used an electric motor, and just 21 of these were created, of which only around 10 remains. This is estimated to fetch 120,000-140,000 Euros.