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04.05.2012 - 12.05.2012

Over 200 lots, many in vintage quality, will be presented for sale at the 6th WestLicht Photography Auction. The selection was carried out by two experts: Johannes Faber (for classic photography) and Anja Manfredi (for contemporary positions), raising the auction to an international level. It is the first time there will be such a huge extent of top-class photographs in the German-speaking area up for auction. Among these are rare treasures from the dawn of the media, exceptional Austriaca and masterpieces from the American history of photography.

Big international names such as Ansel Adams, David Bailey, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle, Yousuf Karsh, Alexander Rodtschenko, Paul Strand, Josef Sudek and Henri Cartier-Bresson can be found, as well as Austrian classics like Trude Fleischmann, Heinrich Kühn, Rudolf Koppitz, Lother Rübelt to Moriz Nähr.

Also contemporary Austrian photographers such as Jakob Lena Knebel, Caroline Heider, Antoine Turillon, Roberta Lima, Elke Liberda, Klaus Pichler and Oliver Ressler will feature in the auction.

A selection of around 500 cameras, lenses and accessories of the highest level will be presented for sale at the 21st camera auction. Among them are many important pieces that will appeal to institutional collections and private collectors alike, who equally have a sense for something unique.

The absolute highlight is an exemplar of the Leica 0-Series. Only 25 pieces of these cameras were produced by Leitz in 1923, to test the market for 35mm cameras. Another exemplar of the 0-Series attained a world-record breaking price for cameras of 1.320.000 EUR at the 19th WestLicht Auction last year (the estimate price this time is 600,000 – 800,000 EUR).

Among the top-lots in addition to this, is one of only two Leica M3 cameras that was officially gold plated by Leitz (estimate 70.000 - 90.000 EUR).

More information, as well as press images and catalogue ordering forms can be found on the auction website:


21st WestLicht Photographica Auction
Saturday, 12th of May 2012

Camera-Auction > 11 am
Photo-Auction > 18 pm

WestLicht – Schauplatz für Fotografie, Westbahnstraße 40, 1070 Wien

Before 10th of May at personal request
10th & 11th of May: 10 am - 6 pm
12th of May: 8 am - 11 am


Before 4th of May at personal request
From 4th until 11th of May: 10 am - 18 pm
12th of May: 8 am - 11 am


Harry Callahan (1912–1999)
Eleanor, California
Gelatin silver print, contact print

Moriz Nähr (1859–1945)
Gustav Klimt
Vienna 1908
Vintage silver print

Studio Visages / Raymond Fabre
Pablo Picasso
Perpignan 1954
Vintage silver print

Trude Fleischmann (1895–1990) / Ilse Henriette Pisk (active 1927–1938)
Adolf Loos
Vienna 1918
Vintage silver print

Attributed to Jean Baptiste Louis Gros (1793–1870)
La Fontaine et le Marché des Innocents
Paris c.1855
Full-plate daguerreotype

Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (* 1930)
Charles & Anne
Picture Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 14. November 1956
Silbergelatine, Vintage

Ansel Adams (1902–1984)
›Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico‹
Gelatin silver print

Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002)
Albert Einstein
Princeton University 1948
Gelatin silver print

Josef Sudek (1896–1976)
Prague Gardens
Vintage silver print, contact print

Klaus Pichler (* 1977)
›Elevator Bear‹ (from the series ›Skeletons in the closet‹)
Museum of Natural History, Vienna 2011
Chromogenic print, mounted on Dibond