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WestLicht Camera Auction & WestLicht Photo Auction
25th WESTLICHT CAMERA AUCTION: Saturday, 22nd March 2014, 11 am
PREVIEW: 20th and 21st March, 10 am to 6 pm, 22nd March, 9 to 11 am

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Hasselblad LUNAR MODULE PILOT CAMERA Jim Irwin - Apollo 15
To the press photos of the Camera and Photo Auction
25th WESTLICHT CAMERA AUCTION: Saturday, 22nd March 2014, 11 am
CAMERA AUCTION PREVIEW: 20th and 21st March, 10 am to 6 pm, 22nd March, 9 to 11 am
and by appointment (+43 1 523 56 59)

The Moon Camera and many more rarities at the 25th WestLicht Camera Auction!

Hasselblad LUNAR MODULE PILOT CAMERA Jim Irwin - Apollo 15

A big step for us and one of the most exciting cameras we ever offered in auction!

 After presenting and auctioning the most rare and most valuable cameras of mother earth for many years, we proudly present the only still camera ever used on the moon AND also came back home.
The offered camera no.1038 was one of 14 cameras used on the moon during the APOLLO missions 11-17 (nos.1002, 1003, 1016, 1020, 1023, 1026, 1027, 1028, 1031,1032, 1033, 1036, 1038, 1039).
But only this Hasselblad used on the 4th NASA mission by Jim Irwin from July 26th to August 7th 1971 made it`s way back to earth finally landing at the WestLicht auction house.
The other 13 cameras were left on the moon, as the astronauts only took the film magazines back home in order to take lunar rocks in the equivalent of the weight of the cameras.
The authenticity of this camera can be proven easily, as the reseau plate is marked with number 38. This number appears on all photographs taken by Irwin.
Jim Irwin took exactly 299 pictures with this Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' during his three days stay on the lunar surface and 96 more on the way to the moon and back again.
The mission was the first not to land in a lunar mare, instead landing near Hadley rille, documenting an area of the Mare Imbrium called Palus Putredinus. The crew explored the area using the first lunar rover, which allowed them to travel much further from the Lunar Module. Often quoted, NASA called Apollo 15 the most successful manned flight ever achieved.
This historical camera comes with an extensive documentation and photographs taken by Jim Irwin, assembled by its former owner Alain Lazzarini, author of the book “Hasselblad and the Moon”.
Estimate:  150,000 – 200,000 EUR

Leica M6 (Electronic) Prototypes and Design Models
These four cameras (ex Leitz Museum) show the evolution of M6 from the wooden design model of the M6 ELECTRONIC  to a working prototype M6 camera
Estimste: 80,000 – 100,000 EUR

Leica Monochrom 'Ralph Gibson Edition'
unique chrome Monochrom digital 'Ralph Gibson' edition with red signature on top plate and red leather covering, in new condition with certificate and maker's box, with matching chrome Summicron-M 2/35mm Asph. no.4047586, complete in maker's box
Esstimate:  20,000 – 25,000 EUR

Heinrich Kuehn Stegemann Studienkamera
The original, famous monorail 9x12cm camera designed for Heinrich Kuehn and used by the artist for many years until he passed away 1944, 70 years ago. With the original ivory nameplate engraved 'HEINRICH KUEHN INNSBRUCK' attached to the top. It comes with the original Dr. Staeble Softfocus prototype lens set (Anachromat Kuehn) of 4 lenses with an in-between-lens shutter, these lenses were developed by Kuehn and are the forerunner of the Rodenstock Imagon.  The camera was always in family property and comes directly from his grandson. Heinrich Kuehn is regarded one of the forefathers of fine art photography, the movement that helped photography to establish itself as an art on its own. His photographs closely resemble impressionist paintings, with their frequent use of soft lighting and focus. Kühn was part of the pictorialist photographic movement.
Startprice: 4,000 EUR
Estimste: 7,000 – 8,000 EUR

Nikon F High Speed 'Sapporo'
Developed in 1972 for the Olympic games in Sapporo, the early first version 'High-Speed' camera for 7 exposures per second in one of the major Nikon rarities, complete with motor and lens and special finder in perfect condition
Estimate:  12,000 – 15,000 EUR

Nikon 2.8/6mm Fisheye-Nikkor Auto 220°
very rare 6mm fish-eye Nikkor from the early 1970s, special front lens cap, warranty card and metal carrying case
Estimate:  18,000 – 22,000 EUR

Franke & Heidecke 'Ur' Rolleiflex Prototype
the very first Rolleiflex twin lens prototype ever made, built in 1925/26 with one focusing wheel for the viewing and taking lens (like all later Rolleiflex cameras), for 4.5x6cm plates as the 120 rollfilm was not invented, in fully original condition with certificate by DHW and original patent letter no.519590 (patent numbers 478904 included as a copy), with a first type Rolleiflex no.80987 on very nice display box
Estimate:  35,000 – 45,000 EUR
10th WESTLICHT PHOTO AUCTION: Friday, 21st March 2014, 6 pm
PREVIEW: March 7th to 21st, from 2 to 6 pm

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Rare photographs at the upcoming auction !

Wanda Wulz’s self-portrait 'Gatto + Io' (Estimate 80.000 – 100.000 Euro) where she superimposes a photo of her cat Pippo on top of an image of herself, is one of the most famous double exposures in photo history. The present photograph, printed in the early 1950s, comes from the Alinari collection in Florence. Only two other copies are known, one is located in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the other one in the Museo Alinari in Florence.
This photograph is one of the highlights, coming to auction at the10th WestLicht Photo Auction. The selection was made jointly with the renowned expert Johannes Faber.

In 1896, Josef Maria Eder and Eduard Valenta conducted their first of many experiments with X-rays in the “k. u. k. Graphischen Lehr-und Versuchsanstalt” in Vienna. Shortly after the portfolio “Versuche über Photographie mittelst der Röntgen’schen Strahlen” (Estimate 30.000 – 35.000 Euro) was published in a small edition. The 15 photographically captured, needle-sharp X-ray images of fish, amphibians and reptiles are not only an exciting scientific testimony, but also due to their perfect photogravure technique and elegance, they are the most recognized icons in this field.

The ‘Handlanger’ (Estimate 18.000 – 20.000 Euro) is one of the most searched images belonging to August Sander’s epochal pictorial atlas People of the 20th Century. The photograph was already published in Sander's first book Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time) in 1929, in which he gathered important motives as a harbinger of his great life's work. The unusually large-format photograph was printed in an excellent manner by Gerd Sander in a small edition in 1990.

‘Paris and the Chairs, etc.’ (Estimate 30.000–35.000 Euro), present as signed Vintage print, is an perfect example of Robert Frank’s early body of work with it’s atmospheric and romantic qualities.  These characteristics are notably absent from the far grittier work Frank would produce in America later in the decade.  It is an image with significant early publication history in Robert Frank's career. It was published several times, mostly as part of a sequence, in the early 1950s. On May 21st 1951, it was included in Frank's debut in Life (‘Speaking of Pictures: A Photographer in Paris Finds Chairs Everywhere').

A mentor, who looks at his emancipated student: Inge Morath’s  portrait  of Henri Cartier-Bresson (Estimate 4.000 – 5.000 Euro) was taken in 1961 in Paris, when she was already a full member of the legendary photo agency Magnum. While working as an editor at Magnum in 1949, Morath had studied his contact sheets and was Cartier-Bresson’s assistant.

Many great Magnum photo journalists are present with some of their most known images: Eve Arnold (Marilyn Monroe, 1960), Erich Lessing (Dwight D. Eisenhower, Genf 1955), Henri Cartier-Bresson (Sevilla,1933), Werner Bischof (Famine India, 1951), Robert Capa (D-Day, Omaha Beach, 1944) George Rodger (Nuba Wrestlers, Sudan 1949) and Dennis Stock (James Dean, 1955). Elliott Erwitt’s portrait of Magnum founding member David Seymour was taken in Paris in 1956 Shortly after ‘Chim’ was killed by Egyptian sniper fire while on assignment in the Suez.

A beautiful selection of rare and looked for photobooks complements the auction.


Both auctions are accompanied by 4-colour catalogues that can be ordered online via
Bids may be submitted online, via phone, fax or live from all over the world via and in person in the auction hall.

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