A uncommon prototype of a Leica digicam crafted by former Apple luminary Jony Ive and famed designer Marc Newson is being offered at public sale in June. The machine, which is described as being in “B+” situation, has a beginning worth of €100.000 (round $118,000), and the Leitz Photographica Public sale home estimates that it’ll promote for between €200.000 and €250.000 (round $235,000 to $295,000).
The prototype was produced throughout the growth of the one-off Leica M for (RED) digicam, which was offered at a charity public sale in 2013 for $1.8 million. Whereas the ultimate product’s design shared a whole lot of similarities with Apple’s “cheesegrater” Mac Professional, this prototype seems to have a clean reflective end that appears like an absolute fingerprint magnet.
The prototype, which is described as exhibiting the “closing growth step” of the design course of, is supplied with a Apo-Summicron 2/50 mm ASPH lens. There’s no point out of whether or not it really features as a digicam, nevertheless. Right here’s the total description from Leitz Photographica Public sale:
“A superbly sculptured aluminium physique with an identical Apo-Summicron 2/50 mm ASPH. lens — each exhibiting distinctive options each designers are well-known for. Just one completed digicam has been made and was offered in an public sale in 2013 for a tremendous $ 1.8 M! The prototype we’ve got the pleasure to supply reveals the ultimate growth step when the digicam took its closing form after tons of of prototype elements have been made and tried. It’s a lovely piece of design and a really particular alternative for Leica collectors!”
On the time, Leica stated “a complete of 561 fashions and almost 1000 prototype elements” had been made throughout the digicam’s design course of. The ultimate Leica M for (RED) digicam was offered alongside over 40 different gadgets on the public sale, which raised round $26 million in complete for charity. Newson later joined Apple to work beneath Ive the next yr.