A good Private Collection of modern Leica film cameras was the highlight of Tennants Auctioneers’ Scientific & Musical Instruments, Cameras and Tools Sale on 27th September. Offering a range of fine cameras and accessories with limited edition models, highlights of the collection included a Leica M6 Anton Bruckner Camera that was produced as a limited edition to celebrate the centenary of the composer’s death in 1896 and came with certificate and complete set of Bruckner’s symphonies on CD (sold for £4,000 plus buyer’s premium), a limited edition Leica M6 Ein Stuck Camera with certificate, accessories and original box (sold for £4,000) and a Leica Vario-Elmarit-R f2.8-4.5 28-90mm ASPH Lens (sold for £1,300). Notable cameras from other vendors include a Hasselblad XPan II Camera, which sold for £3,500 and a Canon FD f1.2 55mm SSC Aspherical Lens, which sold well above estimate at £950.
Elsewhere in the sale, an impressively large pair of Fujinon EM-SX 25x150 Binoculars, measuring nearly a meter long, sold for £3,000 and a quirky Holtz Machine or electro-static generator sold for £600, doubling the pre-sale low estimate.
A Private Collection of good quality, playable Banjos drew much interest before the sale. Notable results included two examples by Clifford Essex & Son, a four string that sold for £1,600 and a five string that sold for £950. A further four string banjo sold for £1,600, and a Paramount Leader Wm. L. Lange sold for £950. Woodwind instruments also saw strong results throughout, led by a Pair of Boosey & Hawkes Symphony 1010 Clarinets, which sold for £900.