I received some of the results from the first Wetzlar Camera Auctions that took place this past weekend:
Just with the starting Lot number 1 of the auction, which was held at the historic Buergerhof Hotel in Old Town Wetzlar last Saturday, a very special item came up for sale: A Drawing Set containing 91 sheets of original items drawings of a Leica predecessor, dated 1922. Each page signed by Leica inventor Oskar Barnack, the Set went for EUR 47.500,-- (including buyer´s premium).
The auction was held by Wetzlar Camera Auctions (WCA), based in Wetzlar, founded in 2018 by Lars Netopil and David Pitzer (both Wetzlar), as well as Jo Geier (Vienna). To the first WCA auction, many of Jo´s and Lars´ long-time clients – mostly dedicated Leica collectors from all over the world – personally appeared, in order to participate in the floor bidding.