London, South Kensington
6 September 2005
Makinette 16 prototype camera
Plaubel & Co., Germany; 16mm., blue body leathers, alloy-body, with an Ennalyt f/1.9 29mm. lens
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Condition: 3Cosmetic: Light signs of wear.
One of only three prototypes believed to have been made circa 1958. The camera featured a coupled rangefinder and coupled selenium meter. According to a company brochure: 'There was also an attempt to test the market for the ultrasmall 16mm still camera. But the Makinette 16 was ahead of its time (the was 14 years before the No. 110 pocket camera wave) and Plaubel eventually could not free the production capacity to make it but sold the design and rights'.
It is likely that the cost of producing a finely engineered and complex camera in 16mm. was prohobitively expensive to justify production.
One example is known to have been sold in Germany.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
From the Costa Smeralda to Cannes via Monte Carlo — all from Christie’s International Real Estate
From woodcuts to lithographs and originals vs editions. Illustrated with works sold at Christie's