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Nikon Camera Sold for $406000 at Auction

Nikon Camera Sold for $406000 at Auction

A Nikon camera which is the third ever body and lens made by Nikon and the oldest one existing sold for a record $406000 at an auction in Austria. This camera is the earliest known surviving Nikon camera having been made in occupied Japan in April 1948. It was matched with the 11th 5cm F2 Nikkor H lens ever made. Nikon Camera Sold for $406,000 at Auction.

Only available in Japan at first, Nikon came to the attention of the rest of the world when Life photographer David Douglas Duncan came across Nikkor lenses while covering the Korean war and spread the word among other press photographers. America initially did not allow the company to export to US because the film frames didn’t fit Kodak slide mounts. But eventually with introduction of  Nikon M in 1949 it became the standard.

SOLD FOR $406,000
SOLD FOR $406,000

There was also another famous and rare camera at the auction E. Leitz New York Leica Gun RITEL.

E. Leitz New York Leica Gun RITEL
E. Leitz New York Leica Gun RITEL

Second version of the famous RIFLE for the 40cm Telyt in 100% original and in perfect working condition. Special viewfinder engraved ‘E.LEITZ INC. NEW-YORK PATENT PENDING’, modified PLOOT mirror housing no. 2486, special extended bottom plate, special leather belt, modified Leica IIIa no.235568, Telyt 5/40cm no.492069 with hood and cap, complete with extremely rare carrying case NUFIR. This is the only set in this combination we know to exist !

There were a few other cameras too from the house of Leica and others. Basically if you manage to keep your Camera for 75 years then you can sell it for a premium if it becomes rare.

Meanwhile you can buy antique and vintage showpieces on amazon here.

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