Posts Tagged ‘auction’

Leica III Behind Iconic ‘Flag Over Reichstag’ Photo Going Up for Auction in November

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It’s a day heavy with beautiful Leica news. First, we shared the photos and story behind this one-of-a-Kind Leica M4 that you can’t have, and now we’ve caught wind of another iconic Leica that is going up for sale (and is probably just as unattainable for most of us).

What makes this Leica (a Leica III, to be exact) special isn’t some particular one-of-a-kind design, it’s the fact that this is the actual camera used by photographer Yevgeni Khaldei to take his iconic Raising a Flag Over The Reichstag photograph in 1945. Read more…

Ansel Adams’s Arca Swiss 4×5 Camera Set to Be Auctioned Off Next Month

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It’s not often a piece of photographic history as important as this goes up for auction. What you see above is the Arca Swiss 4×5 camera that Ansel Adams used between 1964 and 1968. Set to be auctioned off with a plethora of old Leicas by Revival Auction Company, this item is very highly regarded because it may be the first of Ansel Adams cameras to be auctioned off. Read more…

Haunting Photographs of Nagasaki Taken One Day After the Atomic Bomb Dropped

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This week, 24 incredible, powerful, haunting photographs will be going up on the auction block at Bonhams in New York. These are photographs that are newly-discovered, and many of them have never been seen before as they were taken with a faulty camera and never made it in front of the public eye.

They are photographs of Nagasaki, Japan, taken by celebrated Japanese military photographer Yosuke Yamahata the day after an atomic bomb was dropped on it and Hiroshima. Read more…

Leica 100th Anniversary Set Includes Both Analog & Digital Cameras and Some Glass

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Leica has come out strong in 2014, showing off and releasing some impressive gear — both on their own and in collaboration with third-parties — in the first and second quarters.

And they should be, as this past March was the 100th anniversary of their camera manufacturing, albeit not technically in mass production. Read more…

‘Spirit Photo’ Forgeries Prove Fake Photo Controversies Existed Way Before Adobe

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Spirit photography, a type of photography which claims to capture ghosts and spirits via a photographic process, dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Photographers would act as “mediums” to the spiritual realm and do their best to pull a fast one on unsuspecting customers.

This particular series of images was captured by photographers Craig and George Falconers, a pair of charlatans who worked in the early part of the 20th century. Read more…

Bidding War Helps Hasselblad Sell 2 Lunar Cameras for $54K at Charity Auction

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Still think there’s no market for overpriced Hasselblad Sony clones? This might change your mind. Thanks to a heated bidding war at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance exotic car festival, two … we’ll call them generous… generous gentlemen paid $54,500 for two Hasselblad Lunar cameras that would normally run $14,000 retail. Read more…

The Only Camera NASA Ever Brought Back from the Moon Will Soon be Auctioned Off

Update: According to collectSPACE, this might not have been the only camera brought back from the moon. Check out the update at the bottom for details.

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A total of fourteen Hasselblad cameras made it to the moon on the Apollo missions; but of those 14, only one ever made it back. And now, that one camera is going to go home with a lucky (and rich) collector pending an auction at WestLicht in Vienna on March 21st. Read more…

Fascinating Album Featuring 1,500 Vintage Mugshots Goes for $10K at Auction

This tattered old photo album containing a fascinating collection of some 1,500 mugshots taken over one hundred years was recently sold by the Swann Galleries auction house in New York for $10,000. Read more…

Ultra-Rare 2000mm f/11 Nikkor Lens Up On eBay for $25K… Broken

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The last time we wrote about the Nikkor 2000mm f/11 C Reflex lens was in 2010 when a working version of the behemoth was up on eBay for the not-so-affordable price of $19,950. Given that information, how much would you pay for a broken, beat-up version of the same lens 3 years later? Well, someone on eBay thinks it’s worth $25K. Read more…