Leica M3 chrome, Prototype rangefinder camera, 1952
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Generally, LEICA prototype for early M-series Bodies are extremely rare. Even if the owner(s) are willing to put them up for sale, once they were being snapped up, they are hardly to be seen again in the used equipment and/or collectors market. They are usually very very pricey collectibles - purely from supply and demand equation and they preserve value as well as good to hedge inflation. Here is a very good example of a truly rare item being put up for auction by Austrian based online auctioneers, Leicahop® in one of the star item in their latest auction - a Leica M3 prototype. The auctioneer, Leicahop has slowly emerged as one of the most respectable online auction Company in recent years. These images for case studies on prices of Leica collectibles are extracted from their old archive library with kind permission from Mr. Peter Coeln.


Leica M3 chrome, Prototype rangefinder camera, 1952 by LeicaShop®™


Leica M3 chrome, Prototype. approx. Year: 1952

" ..Extremely rare M3 prototype, approx.65 of these were produced as test cameras in 1952/53 - very very few have survived. The camera is in perfect working condition and all details are original including film advance lever, external frame counter, early speed dial, shape of self timer, reversed direction rewind knob, backdoor with film marker punch and ceramic pressure plate. The cameras nos. 005, 0041, 0043 and 0056 are illustrated in Lager vol. 1, p.173-175. This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the most important cameras in Leica's history...". Other info:- Approx. Year: c.1952; w/Serial No. Nr.003X -
Leicahop®

Just to satisfy the curious minded:
Suggestive start price for open auction: EUR 35.000-00
Hammer Price incl. premium:
EUR 54.600-00

NOTE;-
Indicative price here in this site were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references.
Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods.

* Points of reference: Please refer to a classic example of the eventual production of the early series of Leica M3, 1954 (S/N M3-700131) as comparison.

Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a hugely popular Westlicht Auction House. Image(s) Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.


Rear section view of a Leica M3 chrome, Prototype rangefinder camera, 1952 by LeicaShop®™
Old faship type design of the film transport design / film track on a Prototype Leica M3 camera
Base and rear section view of a Prototype Leica M3 camera, 1952
Film rewind knob on Prototype Leica M3 camera
Top plate design and features of an old, collectible Prototype Leica M3 camera, 1952 auctioned by LeicaShop®
Tri-angular shapred eyelets and dial design on film frame counter on a Prototype Leica M3 camera
Front section view of a Prototype Leica M3 camera, 1952 by Leicashop



The M3 Prototype camera featured above did came along with a companion lens which carries features which categorized as Prototype lens - The collapsible Summicron-M 1:2 f=5cm standard lens was also being regarded as a highly collectible item. Leicashop® had opted to separate the lens as individual item.

A matching prototype Simmicron-M 1:2 f=5cm collapsible with dual focusing knobs, 1952 for M3 prototype

Summicron-M 2/5cm Prototype

The featured lens below is a very rare collapsible prototype Summicron in original M-mount with dual focusing knobs. Came with a matching front cap. The lens was used with the prototype M3 cameras featured above. Aprox. Year: c.1952; S/N:- 92013x. It has an auction start price of EUR 5.000-00; and a hammer price (inc. premium) of EURO 8,400-00 !




Rear lens mount section on a A matching prototype Simmicron-M 1:2 f=5cm collapsible, 1952 for M3 prototype

Base / detail  view of dual focusing knobs on the matching prototype Simmicron-M 1:2 f=5cm collapsible, 1952 for M3 prototypeA lovely photo taken by Leica Shop photographers on a  matching prototype Simmicron-M 1:2 f=5cm collapsible w/dual focusing knobs, 1952 for M3 prototype

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| Leica M3 Index Page | M3 Nomenclature |

Visual Library on Leica M3 Prototype, 1952; Leica M3 Test model, 1953/4 | A photo showcase on early series of Leica M3 DS bodies:- Leica M3-700131 / M3-700170 / M3-700000/M3-70031x/M3-70051x | M3 double stroke chrome 1954~1957 bodies:- Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4; Leica M3 Single Stroke 1957~60/1961~66 | Leica M3 Black Paint:-1955/1958/1962~1964/66 / Case study on Prices | Leica M3 ELC, 1955/56

Other Leica M3 Variants:- Leica M3 chrome Leica-Technik 57 1954; Leica M3 GOLD Edition, 1956 | Leica M3 DS United Nation Edition, 1957 | Leica M3 Olive Bundeseigentum outfit 1957/ Olive Green Bundeseigentum outfit, 1959 (2 Parts) w/info on high quality M3 Olive Conversion | Leica M3 Betriebskamera/ Betriebsk 1960 | Leica M3 Royal Dutch Marine Periscope Model, 1966 | Leica M3 Dummies / Riesen-Mode (Giant scale Model); Leica M3 Cutaway Display Unit , 1954

Recommended External Link: Leica FAQ | Leica M3 Instruction Manual 1) Location 1 (1.35mb PDF) by Joe Chan; Location 2 (1.2mb PDF) by M.Butkus < Mike@bukus.org>; Leica FAQ | Serial Number Ref. (Cameraquest): LSM lenses 1923/1965 | Leica M 1954/1999/Leica M/R-mount RF/SLRs Serial Number ; Leica M-lens coding PDF (84k) download (Leica, AG); Leica Camera/Leitz Lenses S/N check (requires registration) at Owners Support@LEICA camera, AG

LEICA MP-Specific models/variants - Visual Profiles on selective Leica bodies:- Leica MP Prototype, 1955 | MP Betriebsk w/Electric Motor, 1956 | Leica MP-88/MP-150 Black paint, 1957 | Leica MP-167; Leica MP-171/MP-313/old/new Leicavit visual, 1957 | Leica MP 367 & 368 Dual, 1957 | Leica MP-375, MP-368 & MP-386 | Leica MP 'Edition Hermès', 2003 | Leica MP Betriebsk 0.72x | Evential production model MP 0.72x Black paint, 2002 | Leica MP classic Kit Set 1 / Set 2 | Leica MP chrome 0.58X(2 parts) | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.58x | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.72x Standard | Leica MP 0.85x Finder Mag. model | Leica MP Anthracite* Limited Edition Set | Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition Grey Hammertone Finish (3 parts) | Brief Introduction on Leica à la carte:- Leica MP Red Leather 0.85 / Nappa racing Green Leather 0.58X | Others:- Visual case study on counterfeit LEICA MP ; Leica MP Prototype w/Prototype Leicavit-M; Leica MP-3 LHSA; Leica MP TITAN, 2007

| Leica MP Nomenclature | Leica MP Instruction manual (1MB PDF) | Technical Specification (96k PDF) |

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Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image(s) copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.