Experts at Special Auction Services (SAS) have seen a big rise in the market for Modern Classic Cameras over the past twelve months.
Despite the advent of digital photography, these cameras are still extremely desirable and can command high prices at auction. A collection of Leica cameras and lenses raised over £18,000 at a recent auction.
Hugo Marsh from SAS said: "Leica, Pentax, Nikon, Hasselblad – for example – are all very collectable and especially if a rare example. Quality counts. For instance, for instance, a rare British Reid Leica-copy 35mm camera made £2,200. We also sold an unusual wide angle Hasselblad medium format camera for £1,150.
The next auction is on Friday 12th March and features a very large Asahi Pentax collection of cameras, scarce lenses, accessories and reference literature, manufactured between 1959 and the 1980s and widely recognised for their superb quality and durability.
“We are very excited about the forthcoming auction,
” said Hugo. “We have around 200 photographic lots and many very fine and rare items. We are always happy to give a no obligation estimate for photographic equipment so encourage people to come and see us at any time. We are always looking for good quality modern 35mm film cameras that people have put away in favour of digital equipment, as well as vintage 19th and early 20th century mahogany and brass cameras. For instance, an early Newman & Sinclair movie camera reached £1,050 in our last auction.
SAS is based at Midgham between Newbury and Reading in the Heart of England. For more information please visit the Special Auction Services