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Rare gems in collectable camera auction

Tuesday, 10 April 2018
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The very rare Leica Reporter 250 GG – 250 exposures without reloading.

Perth Camera collector Ashley Heuchan’s ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of rare and collectable cameras, accumulated of 50 years in the photographic business, has once again revealed some gems that have now been catalogued and uploaded to

The 111 lots will be auctioned online with bidding starting on Tuesday 10thApril and running for a week to April 17th. A viewing day has been arranged at a Perth hotel on Friday 13thApril for anyone wanting to inspect the cameras, lenses, accessories and books.

“This time the star of the auction is undoubtedly a 1940 Leica 250 Reporter GG, one of only fifty made that year, and probably destined for the German military or Luftwaffe,” says Ashley. “They are very rare and were customized to take thirty metres of film for 250 exposures, saving re-loading of cartridges every 36 exposures. This one has the motor-drive coupling but I don’t have the drive itself, so it is manual wind.”

A gold-plated Hasselblad 2000 FC/M, celebrating 100 years of the Swedish company 1885-1985.

“Another gem is a 1929 Leica 1 still with original shoulder-bag, rangefinder and an instruction book. There are over thirty Leicas on offer. There is also a 100thanniversary gold-plated Hasselblad, a couple of early post-war Canons, a selection of miniature cameras including a ‘Ticka’ pocket-watch detective camera from 1910 and a gold-plated Minox. Two immaculate Voigtländer Prominent cameras from the 1950s are there. Some very early Kodak folding cameras in good condition are featured alongside several Zeiss Ikons and some lesser known box cameras.”

Heuchan’s rare camera collection, accumulated over 50 years, is being auctioned off in several tranches at with the first in December 2017 achieving a 95% clearance rate. “We had bidding customers from all over the world,” says Ashley, “and made many new friends in the camera collecting community. I have to down-size and move on but for every item sold in my collection, I like to think I’ve made a new friend who will take care of it.”

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