18th WestLicht Photographica Auction
Sensational Results at the 18th WestLicht Camera Auction on December 4th 2010! World record prices für Leica and Nikon cameras!
After a 20-minute battle between two bidders this auction’s highlight, a rare Leica MP2 from 1958 with a start price of 80,000 EUR, went for incredible 402,000 EUR (incl. premium). A private collector from Asia now posses the most expensive Leica camera ever sold! A WWII Leica Reporter also could multiply its starting price – opened for 70,000 EUR it was sold for 180,000 Euro incl. premium!
The photo auction conducted on the same day was equally a great success. The highlight of the auction was a 1914 portrait of Egon Schiele by Josef Trcka which was bought by a European dealer for 43.200 EUR incl. premium. This is an all time record for a sale at a photo auction in Austria! A portrait by Gustav Klimt started at 6,000 EUR and went for 15,600 EUR. Classic photographs by international photographers like Josef Sudek, Henri Cartier-Bresson, PhiIippe Halsman and Franz Hubmann were able to achive results high above the estimated prices.