Leica M6 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation
GOLD
Edition with matching Gold-plated Summicron-M 1:2.0/50mm, 1996 - Part II

 
Menu bar on His Majesty Thai King with his cameras
 

Leica M6 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation GOLD Edition with matching Gold-plated Summicron-M 1:2.0/50mm, 1996 with certification
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is widely known for his interest in the field of photography. Some of these composite images appeared herein this site were old pictures extracted from various sources (beat me if you like .. for not able to provide appropriate credit to the respective sources as most of the originals only had their names written in Thai).



Back in the '70~'80, for Single Lens Reflex System, His Majesty was noted to have Canon system where many of the early days photos indicated he has used both
Canon A1/Canon AE-1 Program as well as the autofocus Canon EOS bodies at later stage. Leica was quoted in some reading references but I had not* seen a public photo of His Majesty carrying any rangefinder body. Neither any public images shown he was using medium format cameras. I guess one of the reason probably was due to mobility and portability, the SLR well suit for the King's personal requirement while on the move. Even within the EOS series, I have noticed the highest spec model His Majesty uses** was a EOS 5 rather than the more cumbersome, heavy pro-oriented models such as Canon EOS1N or EOS-1N RS during the '90.
   

A rare Hasselblad  His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation GOLD Edition, 1996

Anyway, other than the LEICA Gold Edition issued in conjunction with the royal celebration; I am not sure if any of you are aware there was also a Hassleblad special edition in commemoration with the special occasion in 1996. The medium format Hasselblad King Bhumibol Adulyadej Golden Jubilee Year special edition was comprised in an issue of 9 units of Hasselblad 203FE, 24 carat gold-plated in blue vinyl leather and another was using Hasselblad 503CW with an issued quantity of 50 units only. All the cameras were sold by auction with all proceeds arose being donated to various organization as charity. I heard the highest bidder got hold of one of the earlier mentioned unit for USD $50,000-00 !

<<<--- The Hasselblad camera shown at the left was very similar with the Hasselblad Golden Blue Model. I did a bad scan of it back in 1997. It has a gold-plated royal crest located at the flip up viewfinder. * As I am not residing in Thailand and only made such assumption with the limited publication I can access from. ** via personal observation/assessment through many PR photos published of His Majesty appeared in the public events, you may update or correct me if I am wrong here.
The white corrugated box with colourful printing of official emblem for Leica M6 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation GOLD Edition
The 1996's LEICA M6 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand Golden Jubilee Edition with matching gold plated SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm was the second Leica M6 in the Series which carried a 24-carat Gold-plated finishing (after the 1992's Silver Jubilee GOLD Edition for Sultan of Brunei Darrussalam model). Both almost has identical basic configuration except for the lens supplied where the latter came with a faster lens speed SUMMILUX 1:1.4/50mm lens in gold-plated finishing as the companion optic. The S/N for this edition was beleieved to be started from 2000000 and the 1st unit could had been given to the King. The remaining units could had been started from:- 2176001~2176700 for the the entire 700 units. Ref: Stephan Gandy.
The Teakwood presentation wooden case for Leica M6 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation GOLD Edition Close-up view of the engraved plate on top of the wooden presentation case for M6 Gold King of Thailand model, 1996
   
As illustrated by the Certificate of Authentification came along with the camera kit, the camera was supplied as a kit in a white corrugated box, imprinted with a very prominent / colorful Crest. It contains a lovely wooden presentation box within which has the same emblem engraved on a metal plate. The nature of the case looks like a Teak wood rather than mohogany which was not entirely surprising as Thailand has always been famous for this temperate nature hardwood. The display wooden case uses a newer type of push-n-lock mechanism as opposed to older simpler designs. The plate with special engraving couldn't be in 24 carat gold but it looks more like using 14k gold plating.
 

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Credit: Image(s) of the King from various online sources appeared in Thailand. Image(s) of the camera/ packaging courtesy of some nice folks from DigifanCN®. The group also operates their own active, popular EBAY STORE, trading for many major camera brands and collectibles. Images of the wooden case/corugated box courtesy of a very seasoned Canadian online trading dealer Foto-Canada@Ebay®. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.