Leica Luxus I Camera, circa 1930, No. 48048
with 50mm f/3.5 Elmar lens and faux lizard skin body covering. From the collection of E. J. Newton, one of the founder members of the Leica Historical Society and its first president.
Famed auction house Bonhams -one of the largest auction houses for fine art and antiques, will soon be holding a fairly sizeable auction for some of the world’s most prestigious and rare Leica cameras. There will be around 250 pieces available, supplied by a select group of collectors including the estate of Henri Cartier-Bresson. An item Leica connoisseurs have their eye on is the Leica Luxus I No. 48048 which dates back to 1930 and features a 50mm f/3.5 Elmar lens and faux lizard-skin camera body covering. The Luxus cameras were produced on special order only in very small numbers -just 95 units were originally produced and many less are known to exist today.
The auction will take place at Bonhams Hong Kong location 23 November, 2012, and prior, pieces will be on show at the Knightsbridge location in London between 21 – 24 October, 2012.