Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/10/30

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From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 09:41:16 -0500

Tamarkin is holding his next major auction tomorrow.  This will be an event
of some significance to Leica collectors as Stan's offerings are deep and
broad.  He is also attempting to branch out into Rolleiflex and Zeiss gear
and has some most interesting items, including a Rolleimot with a lowball
suggested price range.

The European collector market has been driven for some years by major
auctions in the UK and Germany.  These have established base pricing for
many cameras and have caused the European market to escalate upwards,
substantially.  At the same time, these auctions have brought many rare
items into public view, so their worth is not to be discounted.

Tamarkin's auction brings out both a slew of collectors and a lot of
dealers, so the action can be quick and brutal.  But many fine items are
offered and, on occasion, real buys can be had.

There are other forthcoming auctions.  Christie's will be doing a major New
York auction for cameras in the Spring;  further information can be
obtained from:

Michael Pritchard
Christie's South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road

Tel: 0171-321 3279
Fax: 0171-321 3321

And Butterfield & Butterfield in San Francisco, which, interestingly,
claims to be "the only major auction house in America still doing classic
camera auctions" (I believe Christie's can reasonably argue to be a "major
auction house"), will be conducting a camera auction in December.  Further
information can be obtained for this auction from  David Silver
<> or from John F. Martin <> & (415) 861-8951].


Marc James Small
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