Remember that auction we linked to the other day, for the old brassed Leica? Well, it sold today...and the final price was...
Made me wonder...what else would I do with $3,451, other than not buy that? My son really wants us to get iPhones, and is plotting to drag his dad to the Apple store kicking and screaming. $3,451 would cover two iPhones for many months.
Speaking of the iPhone, which I unfortunately forgot to add as an option for a "Fiat camera" in that poll the other day (as many of you have reminded me), more than a few people have said they think that an iPhone is the true 2011 equivalent of an original Barnack camera. Small, easy to carry, unobtrusive. And with somewhat questionable image quality compared to the prevailing norm (35mm was not taken seriously in the early days).
When I first met my friend Nick, twenty years ago, he was agonizing over whether to get a Leica. He lucked out and found a nice M4 at an ebb in the market for that model, one that had an anti-collector "ding" in the top plate. He got it for $695 if I recall. Later, Nick got himself an M6, and he loaned me the M4 for a while. I shot with it for nearly a year in the late '90s, with my own lens, a collapsible 7-element Summicron that a wealthy collector had gotten multi-coated.
Recently Nick has decided to do some serious shooting with his iPhone 4. So, in a nod to the old days, he dressed it up a little. Funny. To me, at least.
On the way home from lunch with Nick, taking a shortcut through a nice neighborhood, I happened to see this sitting by the side of the road. I guess this economy is tough on everyone....
It's a 1969 Silver Shadow with only 33,000 miles on it, and it looked beautiful as far as I could tell.
Who knows, maybe the seller could get more money for it if it was in worse shape.
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Featured Comment by James B: "My great aunt Greta was—she claimed—the model for the Spirit of Ecstasy on the Rolls-Royce. Certainly, she was a model for Coco Chanel in the '20s and '30s, and later worked for Coco as her model organiser / booker. Certainly, Rolls-Royce contracted Chanel to provide a model for a sculptor to produce the Spirit of Ecstasy. The Spirit of Ecstasy was the second figurine commissioned by Rolls Royce. The first was based on the secret lover of an early Rolls-Royce customer in about 1910, and is different in that the first version has a finger raised to the mouth in a 'shush' gesture. That presumably is now worth millions.
"Greta was a very feisty lady. My wife wears an enormous diamond rock on her wedding finger that was gifted to Greta by an American gentleman in Paris in the thirties, and he no doubt had some expectations. She wasn't having any of it, but kept the ring. She was single to her death in 1983.
"It's a bit sad to see Aunt Greta for sale in a suburb of Waukesha for $12,500, or best offer."
Featured Comment by Robert Jagitsch: "Interesting, I just surfed here today (as I do every few days) only to find my brassed M2 auction featured at the top of TOP. For those interested, I picked this camera up in Dallas a couple of months ago (no, I'm not going to tell you how much I paid) then sent it to DAG for an optical and mechanical refresh. The viewfinder is as bright as any new M9, and mechanically it's smooth as butter. Winning bidder is from Japan; $3451 is a bargain in Yen.
Mike replies: Oh, c'mon! Tell us how much you paid! Pleeeease!
Featured Comment by Andrew Hughes: "I nearly bought a Silver Shadow for about the same money but, luckily for me, had a chat with a couple of independent servicing guys before splashing the cash. The buying price would not be enough for any serious work on the fabulous suspension (or probably on the equally amazing, for its day, air conditioning). A very expensive toy—but nice! —Andrew from Addis."