103. Leica MP black paint no.2 *

It was at the “Photokina” fair in Cologne in 1956 when the new Leica MP was introduced to the public. It was much more than a mere variation of the Leica M3. It was the only serial model which has an individual number, differing fundamentally from the usual fabrication numbers of all other Leica cameras. With a total number of only 412 units produced, the MP is among the rarest Leica models of all time. The black-paint version was produced only 141 times and acquired mainly by professional photographers. Many of the famous Magnum photographers used MP cameras. Today it is among the most sought-after Leicas of all. The idea which led to the production of the MP model came from several well-known American press photographers, who wanted to make use of the advantages of the Leicavit (available at that time for IIIf only) on their Leica M cameras as well. It was mainly the suggestion of Alfred Eisenstaedt and David Douglas Duncan which aroused the interest of Dr. Ludwig Leitz, who was the director of the development and construction department in 1955.

The camera offered here is the second Leica MP ever made and the first one in black finish. It is in beautiful condition, with only minimal signs of use around the edges. During a service at Leitz it has received a later type back door (black paint), a quick film loading system and coupling for the New York electric motor drive (a very unusual upgrade!). The camera has been initially delivered to New York press photographer Bob Schwalberg (delivery date 08.10.1956). It comes with a Leicavit MP in black paint finish (with a Bob Schwalberg sticker inside). The camera is also included in Hasbroeck's '150 Classic Cameras' on pages 172-173. Included is a written expertise from Ottmar Michaely.

It is one of the most important Leica cameras made. And probably the one that started the trend of black paint M cameras being used by professionals and loved by collectors nowadays.

Sale No 37550
Condition A/B
Serial No. MP-2
Year 1956

Auction closed!
23 November 2019 11:00

Hammer price (Incl. buyer's premium)19.00 €20.00 €21.00 €22.00 € € 1.020.00015.00 €16.00 €17.00 €

Estimate € 400000-500000


€ 260.0002019-11-21 09:58
€ 240.0002019-11-23 10:27
€ 200.000 Start price

35th Leitz Photographica Auction,



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