A rare, museum-quality Leica MP 50 camera at Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions, Nov. 11th

TRC image 1 Very rare, museum-quality Leica MP 50 camera in black enamel with Leicavit rapid winder and 50mm Elmar lens, originally delivered in July 1957. (est. $250,000-$400,000).

Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions will conduct its 36th sale on Saturday, November 11th, online and in New Haven, Connecticut, starting at 10 am Eastern time. One camera that stands out for its importance, rarity and high pre-sale estimate is lot #217: a Leica MP 50, a museum-quality example in black enamel that was originally delivered to a New York dealer on July 29, 1957. It came out of 50 years’ of storage, untouched, and its superb condition helps explain the pre-auction estimate of $250,000-$400,000. The Leica MP 50 was made exclusively for professional photographers and only in very small numbers.

TRC image 2 Sabre stock for the Leica camera, made in 1956-1957 by a Leica parts supplier, but never marketed by Leica and only produced for one year. Few exist. (est. $17,000-$23,000).

Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions’ lead auctioneer is Dan Tamarkin, whose love of photography and dedication to camera collecting (especially the Leica) is what drives him to seek out the world’s rarest and most intriguing photographic collectibles. Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions is America’s oldest and foremost auctioneer specializing in fine collectible photo equipment. The firm has auctioned millions of dollars’ worth of collectible camera gear. Its auction catalogs are collected and used worldwide as a reference tool and price guide. They are also a great way to keep up with current pricing and trends. Click here to find out more.

TRC image 3 Leica “72” 18x24 half-frame camera, designed for filmstrip and archival work. A rare production screw mount Leica camera, under 200 made, 1950-1963. (est. $17,000-$20,000).



Luxury, high style and fashion are all at A.B. Levy’s Oct. 30th sale in Palm Beach

ABL image 1 Elegant oil on canvas figural rendering by French painter Charles J. F. Soulacroix (1825-1879), titled Enchantee, 39 ½ inches by 46 ½ inches in the frame (est. $50,000-$80,000).

A.B. Levy’s next big auction, scheduled for Monday, October 30th, online and at the firm’s gallery in fashionable Palm Beach, Florida, will be packed with over 200 lots of estate jewelry, fine art, timepieces, Asian works of art, silver, 20th century decorative arts and antiques, all pulled from corporate and public institutions, private collections and various upscale estates. A trip to the gallery – at 211 Worth Avenue – will reveal to visitors some of the most beautiful works of art they’ve ever laid eyes on. The auction will get underway promptly at 2 pm Eastern time, with a preview from 11 am until the start of sale.

ABL image 2 Hermes shiny red alligator Kelly bag in very good condition, accented with gold hardware and complete with lock, keys, clochette, shoulder strap (est. $20,000-$30,000).

Whether someone lives in Palm Beach or abroad, when purchasing or consigning fine art, antiques or jewelry, they can trust the knowledgeable professionals at A.B. Levy's, a world-renowned auction house. The firm invites everyone to browse Worth Avenue, find out what their treasures are worth and then let A.B. Levy's buy or auction those items, utilizing A.B. Levy's extensive expertise in auctioning consigned pieces from the finest estates in Palm Beach and around the world. A.B. Levy's is Florida’s largest auction house and has two locations: on Worth Avenue and at 1921 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. For more info, click here.

ABL image 3 Cartier 18kt gold and diamond Baignoire Alongee wristwatch with elongated oval-shaped dial, Arabic numeral indicators, framed by round diamonds (est. $8,000-$12,000).



Items in Nye & Company’s Nov. 1 sale will go to benefit Greenwood Gardens

NC image 1 Old Master portrait of an artist from the circle of Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg, 1639-1684, The Hague), half-length, 16 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches, signed (est. $10,000-$20,000).

Some items in Nye & Company’s Wednesday, November 1st auction – online and at the firm’s gallery in Bloomfield, N.J. – will be sold to benefit the restoration of buildings and water features on the campus of Greenwood Gardens, a Georgian Revival-style home and the 28-acre formal Italianate garden surrounding it in Milburn, N.J., along the western ridge of New Jersey’s Watchung Mountains. The home was built in 1949 by Peter Blanchard, a lawyer, and his wife, Adelaide, a pediatrician. The Blanchards razed the original structure built in 1906 and replaced it with Greenwood Gardens. It opened to the public in 2013.

NC image 2 Meriden Aesthetic Movement silver plate hollowware sugar bowl and coffee pot, part of a large Aesthetic Movement collection from a New York City dealer (est. $200-$400).

Items up for bid will feature English and American furniture, mostly from the mid-18th to the early 20th century. Choice lots include an assembled set of Federal Levin Tarr dining chairs, a similar extension banquet table, Chippendale Massachusetts side chairs, inlaid Pembroke and games tables and a pair of rock crystal candelabra. Lots not pertaining to Greenwood Gardens will include an Aesthetic Movement collection from a New York City dealer, a Park Avenue collection of mostly French traditional furniture, and two Old Master paintings, one a Nicolas Maes attribution, the other from the circle of Caspar Netscher. Click here to find out more.

NC image 3 French Louis XVI-style marble-top center table from a private Park Avenue and Southampton, N.Y., collection, circa 19th/20th century, with glass inset (est. $7,000-$10,000).