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3     Leica 0-Series prototype                                                    € 400.000
                   c.1921, condition B                                                    € 800.000 – 1.000.000
             The famous transitional prototype camera placed histori-  of this modification are still present inside of the camera.
             cally between the Ur-Leica and the first 0-Series production   The lens can be identified as a very early 5-element design,
             models. It is a very interesting hybrid showing the progress   most probably ‘BK 50/II’ of 1920/21. The camera has been
             of the technical development from a prototype to the early   finished to its final form around 1938 — probably for display
             production camera. Only two similar prototypes are known   purposes. Included in this lot is detailed expertise from Mr
             to exist. The other one is finished in brass and has been   Ottmar Michaely. The current owner bought the camera from
             illustrated and thoroughly described by Dr Günter Kisselbach   the known Leica Expert Lars Netopil. The historical impor-
             in ‘Barnack’s Erste Leica’ (Barnack’s First Leica). Both share   tance of this special camera has been confirmed by numerous
             nearly the same external features and are equipped with   Leica experts like Paul-Henry van Hasbroeck, Lars Netopil or
             the same tubular finder. The offered camera has undergone   Ottmar Michaely. Exactly this camera is illustrated in P.-H. van
             several modifications in its lifespan. Apparently, it served   Hasbroeck ‘The Leica — A History Illustrating Every Model
             as a test camera for several years. It shows signs of many   and Accessory — Revised Edition’ (photo I in the illustrated
             alterations to the chassis and mechanisms inside. For   preface). It is an important milestone in Leica history and a
             example, it was equipped initially with an early type folding   unique opportunity for serious collectors!
             finder, it was later replaced with a tubular finder, but the signs
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