London, South Kensington
11 June 2002
Leica M2 no. 1011859*
black body, grey-hammered paint top and baseplates, chrome fittings
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All About Historical Cameras, no. 63 (2002), pp. 16-17 and cover. Lager (1993), Leica. An Illustrated History. Vol I-Cameras, p. 141, 159, 220-227.
Condition: 3BCosmetic: Light signs of wear. Mechanical: Apparently working.
Leitz used the grey hammered-paint finish on an extremely limited number of M camera bodies and it is the rarest of all Leica body finishes. It has been recorded on the Canadian made Leica MS; Leica MD nos. 1102501-1102510 shipped to Leitz Canada in October 1964. It was also used for the Leica 16 prototype of 1963. A Leica M2 Betriebsk no. M2-2000 was shown in Camera Review. All About Historical Cameras. no. 63, front cover and pp. 16-17.
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