April 12 was an important day for rare analogue cameras collectors all over the world. More than 200 rare and unusual cameras were sold in the most important auction of this sort in the U.S., organized by none other than Tamarkin Photographica.
In 1971, Stan Tamarkin started to collect and sell Leica Cameras; this was the beginning of what is today “America’s Premier Leica Specialist”. Apart from selling a wide range of photographic equipment, Tamarkin Photographica organizes the most important rare camera auctions in the United States. They have been doing so since 1996, auctioning more than $2.500.000 worth camera gear. Their latest auction took place on April 12 and was a huge success, earning almost $250.000.
More than 200 rare and unusual cameras were sold to buyers from all over the world. Highlights from the auction include an unused black Leica M2 sold at $25.000, a chrome Leica MP sold at $22.000, and a black Nikon SP sold at $16.000.
Other interesting cameras auctioned are: Leica “72” 18×24 sod at$21,150; Nikon SP Black sold at $18,400; Leica B Dialset Compur sold at $10,575; Leica MP LHSA Grey Hammertone sold at $4,025; Nikon S4 sold at $3,565 and Leotax “Original” sold at $9,987.
Apart from these rarities all sorts of camera accessories were auctioned. You can see the complete list of the equipment presented, including auction prices, descriptions and photos here: http://www.tamarkin.com/?page_id=26940.