The upcoming auction in centres on icons of street photography and photojournalism – made possible by the introduction of the Leica camera in the mid-1920s.


Between 1965 and 2009, Leica produced a series of 35mm single-lens reflex cameras: initially under the name of Leicaflex, later in the form of the R-System.

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Expedition photographer Martin Hartley documented the Catlin Arctic Survey Project with his Leica MP 0.72. The camera – together with a 24mm Elmarit, two limited-edition prints, and a water sample collected at the North Pole – is now up for auction