London, South Kensington
19 November 1998
Leica M2 no. 1051677
chrome, with a Leitz Elmar f/2.8 50mm. lens no. 1934610
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From 1962, batch numbered 1050501-1053100
Condition: 5D Cosmetic: Heavy use and wear. Mechanical: Normal use and wear.
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