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LEICA M6 PLATINUM (10454) ANTON BRUCKNER 1824~1896, 1996

In 1996, LEICA AG had introduced two almost identical Leica M6 PLATINUM models with a companion ELMAR-M 1:2.8/50mm Platinum-plated lens but each came with different issued theme. The comparing
M6 Platinum Schmidt Centenary 151 units Edition has a localized theme where it was released by the active Leica distributor in the far east to commemorate the Group's 100 years of establishment in the Asia Pacific Region.
   
Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996 w/ELMAR-M 1:2.8/50mm Platinum Edition
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Coincidentally, the LEICA M6 PLATINUM ANTON BRUCKNER 1824~1896 200 units Special Edition featuring here was also work of another Leica distributor, Leitz-Austria Vertriebs GmbH. You can regarded one of them was an oriental version and another has a raw European nature but each carried a differing objective. But I guess side by side comparison, the Anton Bruckner M6 Platinum has a slightly more wider appeal as it uses a universal icon in music scene as compare to the Schmidt's M6 Platinum Edition which was more restricted theme as a localized version. However, it may take classical music lovers cum Leica photographer and/or collector to appreciate such a theme in its release.

Note: the "
1824~1896" denoting the year of birth/death of Anton Bruckner. 1996 was to commemorate 100 years of his departure.
   
ANTON BRUCKNER, 1924~1896 Link to Original Picture source at Wilkipedia site
So, who is Anton Bruckner and why Leitz-Austria Vertriebs GmbH chosen him ? Simple, It has some relation. Anton Bruckner was an Austrian too and was one of the great music composer who had left the music world with series of master pieces. He was born in September 04, 1824 in Ansfelden, Austria and passed away also in his native country, at Vienna, Austria on October 11, 1896. The birth date (1824) and the year (1896) was engraved on both he M6 Platinum edition to mark his life time achievement in music arena. In 1996, it was exactly 100 years after departure of the Austrian Music Master and Leitz-Austria had found a perfect theme for the M6 Special Edition to commemorate the 100 years after death of their countryman.

USEFUL LINKS:- About ANTON BRUCKNER | Youtube Link: Music by Anton Bruckner
Brucknerians on the Web | Wikipedia on Anton Bruckner

Works of Anton Bruckner:

Orchestral music
* Sym. no.‘0’, d (1864)
* Sym. no.1, c (1866, rev. 1891)
* Sym. no.2, c (1872, rev. 1876), Sym. no.3, d (1877, rev. 1889)
* Sym. no.4, ‘Romantic’, EÅÛ (1874, rev. 1880, 1886)
* Sym. no.5, BÅÛ (1876)
* Sym. no.6, A (1881)
* Sym. no.7, E (1883)
* Sym. no.8, c (1887, rev. 1890)
* Sym. no.9, d, unfinished (1896)
* ov., marches

Chamber and keyboard music
* Str Qnt, F (1879)
* 5 other chamber works
* org preludes, fugues
* pf pieces
 
Sacred vocal music
* Mass, bÅÛ (1854)
* Mass no.1, d (1864)
* Mass no.2, e (1866)
* Mass no.3, f (1868)
* mass movts
* Te Deum, C (1884)
* c 50 psalms, cantatas, choruses

NOTE:- I am not good at classic music and it is not appropriate for me to comment anything. The only CD I have was a Christopher Hogwood's interpreted Four Seasons, that all. For those of you who does, just follow the links provided above to find out more about this master.
   
Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996 complete outfit with CDs

The basis of LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Edition was a LEica M6 with Platinum plated body finishing. It was supplied with an ELMAR-M 1:2.8/50mm which is also Platinum plated and has special engraving. The leather work for this Leica Edition uses an usual Iguana skinned leatherette to give it such a glittering contrast with the precious metal fitted exterior appearance.

Wooden Crafting of ANTON Bruckner name on presentation box

   
This LEICA M6 PLATINUM Edition was probably the only high end camera that has a string which associates directly with a Musician. But it was issued by an Austrian Company for an Austrian local musical legend that makes some sense with the issue; if not it may lose its flavor because to some people it may take some convincing job in relating Leica photography with a Music composer. One way or another, this edition reminds me of the Italian Job, the LEICA M6 Colombo '92 Edition where it can be quite muddy why uses name of a great voyage as the theme of the release - only to find out later Christopher Colombo was an Italian. Anyway, as the entire issued quantity of most of the LEICA special releases with localized theme of issue were usually confined to few hundred units and could find its way to individual hands. In this case, other than Austrian Nationals who may be passionate or patriotic enough to think it is collectible, the creator of this edition would find affectionate Brucknerians to consume the rest. Besides, as I have pointed out a fact, omitting the special edition for the His Majesty Brunei Darussalam Sultan Bolkiah's private edition of Platinum M6 copies in 1992 & the followed up stunning 50th Birthday Platinum Edition w/ Diamond model in 1995, this M6 Platinum edition can be regarded as the first LEICA M6 Platinum variation issued after the official release of the LEICA M6 Platinum 150 Jahre Photography/ 75 Jahre Leica Photography edition. So, there are still plenty of hungry Leica collectors for such specially configured LEICA models out there.

 

Portrait engraving of Anton Bruckner 1824~1896 on Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996

The camera can be easily recognized by the uncommon grayish blue leatherette but more distinctively is an engraving of a portrait that locates at the top plate with "Anton Bruckner 1924~1896" engraved. The font script used looks a mix between Old English Text and Deutsch Gothic - a lovely selection to match the corresponding years engraved !

M6 Anton Bruckener with original CD

   
Document and information of release on Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996 documents and marketing leaflets on Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996
There is another rather unusual feature in this LEICA M6 ANTON BRUCKNER Edition; each of the 200 units has a very unique Serial Numbering system allocated. The S/N actually has a lot to to do with the accompanying set of Compact Discs supplied along with this Edition.

<<<---Two scanned copies (108K Jpeg) by Mr. Thomas Merke on the original leaflets to promote the LEICA M6 Platinum ANTON BRUCKNER Edition by Leitz-Austria Vertriebs GmbH.
     
The CD collection was featuring 10 symphonies composed by the Artist; and Leitz-Austrian had configured the entire quantity of 200 units within the special M6 edition with every 20 cameras dedicated to each symphony contained in the CD. So, the S/N runs from 01 (Symphony One) ~01 (camera production Unit No.) i.e. 01~01(20) to 10~20 to make up 10x20= 200 units. So, for those collectors who intends to acquire a used set of this M6, technically the CDs kit should be part of an integrated component for the LEICA M6 BRUCKNER PLATINUM Edition and should always asked to be included in the supplied kit.
   

Another must included item for the LEICA M6 BRUCKNER PLATINUM Edition camera is the matched Platinum-plated ELMAR-M 1:2.8/50mm lens. The lens was actually deprived from same matching optic for the LEICA M6J of 1994.
   
Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996 with matching Platinum plated ELAMR-M Collapsible 1:2.8/50mm lens

The main differences are in two areas. It is Platinum-plated and next, it has a special engraving of ANTON BRUCKNER 1824~1896 in Deutsch Gothic script as well as a matching Serial Number as engraved on the camera top plate. The lens was also supplied with a metal lens cap with old Leica script logo.

Old lens cap for LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Edition


Platinum plated LEICA M6 was first being introduced in 1989 with the M6 150Jahre/Leica 75 Jahre Model. It is very difficult to illustrate the glittering and charming metal properties of a Platinum plated M6 body from traditional silver chrome based model except via visual of these few photos below which can help to give you a clue how it looks like. A typical silver chrome M6 is already an attraction, but Platinum coated M6 delivers the kind of elegant product characteristic which is hard to match by any other materials used.
   
Rear film back with Iguana Leatherette on Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996 Detail sectional view on anti-rub body
Platinum detail on LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Edition
 
As a pure metal, Platinum is more precious than gold as a form off raw material. It is silvery-white in appearance, lustrous, ductile, and malleable and known to be resistant to corrosion. It does not oxidize at any temperature and is insoluble even to hydrochloric and nitric acid. Platinum's wear - and tarnish-resistance characteristics are traditionally well suited for making fine jewelry. So, basically the chosen metal for the finishing with a coated layer onto the M6 presents a very different feel and quality appearance which adds to its collectible status.

Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996 with original ELMAR-M 50mm f/2.8 Collapsible design and lens accessories

The main attraction of this LEICA M6 ANTON BRUCKNER PLATINUM EDITION simply is with its Platinum body outfit. Accompanying with a theme of musical wizardry of an Austrian music composer. The Platinum plate ELMAR collapsible 50/2.8 was a delightful touch. Combining a unique theme, elegant presentation and rarity element, the entire outfit was well planned and structured around protecting its appreciative potential in value.

Top plate view, Leica M6 Platinum Anton Bruckener 1824~1896 100 years Edition, 1996

The only less appealing factor was in its core theme used for this issue as it may has restrictive boundary for certain Leica collectors. Regardless, the LEICA M6 ANTON BRUCKNER PLATINUM EDITION with its superbly crafted body and accompanying accessories within the outfit should be able to find a safe harbor in the hands of certain quarter of collectors because after all the entire issued quantity was only 300 units and should have enough users capacity to consume it all. In a current economical turmoil, collectibles seemingly has a renewed interest as a form of good tool to hedge inflation as well as preservation of value in the long run.

LInk to Showcase by Thomas on LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Platinum Edition 1 Link to Showcase by Thomas on LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Platinum Edition Outfit Base view, LInk to Showcase by Thomas on LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Platinum Edition 1 LInk to Showcase by Thomas on LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Platinum Edition  3 Top view, LInk to Showcase by Thomas on LEICA M6 Anton Bruckner Platinum Edition

A mini showcase of this LEICA M6 Platinum by Mr. Thomas Merkt from TOMS-CAMERA-LADEN®, Germany (CLICK for ENLARGED view(s))

         

Anton Bruckner Logo
Other related LEICA M6 camera models issued in the same Platinum Finishing:-
Leica M6 Platinum Dummy Set, 1989 | Leica M6 PLATINUM '150/75 Jahre', 1989
Leica
M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition, 1992 | Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Special 50th Birthday Edition, Platinum w/diamond, 1995
Leica M6 "Anton Bruckner" (1824~1996) Platinum Edition, 1996 | Leica M6 Schmidt Platinum Centenary (100 Years), 1996
Leica M6 Platinum Henri Cartier Bresson / Louis Vuitton One unit Special Edition, 1998 | Leica M6 Platinum "150 jahre Optik" Wetzlar Optisches Institute Edition, 1999
Main Index Page - Leica M6-series models / Main Index Page - Leica-M Rangefinder camera Models

Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for Leica M6 Standard Model(s) applicable to this Leica M6 Classic Platinum Anton Bruckner 1824~1896 Edition
Instruction Manuals:-
Leica M6 Classic in PDF (3.8mb) applicable to this M6 Classic Platinum Edition by Niels H. S. Nielsen

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