The prototype Leica camera.Image: Leitz Photographica Auction (Via The Verge)A
former Apple luminary Jony Ive and renowned designer Marc Newson crafted a rare
prototype of a Leica Camera which will be sold in an auction being held in June.
The camera is said to in “B+” condition with a starting price of around ?100,000
equal to around $118,000, but the Leica according to the Leitz Photographica
Auction house estimates that it?ll sell for between ?200.000 and ?250.000
(around $235,000 to $295,000).
During the development of the one-off Leica M for (RED) camera, which was sold
at a charity auction in 2013 for $1.8 million, the prototype was produced and
bears a lot of similarities to Apple?s ?cheesegrater? Mac Pro. The prototype is
said to have a smooth reflective finish giving it a look of a fingerprint
The prototype has a reflective surface. Image: Leitz Photographica Auction (The
Verge)Condition is listed as ?B+?Image: Leitz Photographica Auction (The Verge)
The camera shows Ive?s trademark minimalist design. Image: Leitz Photographica
Auction (The Verge)It?s equipped with a Apo-Summicron 2/50 mm ASPH lens. Image:
Leitz Photographica Auction (The Verge)Here?s the full description from Leitz
> ?A beautifully sculptured aluminium body with a matching Apo-Summicron 2/50 mm
ASPH. lens ? both showing distinctive features both designers are famous for.
Only one finished camera has been made and was sold in an auction in 2013 for an
amazing $ 1.8 M! The prototype we have the pleasure to offer shows the final
development step when the camera took its final shape after hundreds of
prototype parts have been made and tried. It is a beautiful piece of design and
a very special opportunity for Leica collectors!?
Equipped with an Apo-Summicron 2/50 mm ASPH lens, the prototype is in it’s final
stage of development. But there is no answer as to if the prototype functions or