From my experience, photographers and videographers are a hoardy lot. They don’t at all like to throw anything away.
And they especially hold onto older beloved cameras and lenses, often having a glass cabinet to showcase them.
Well after reading this, you may want to have a closer look at what you have might have tucked away in there.
Y’see, an old Nikkor lens has been auctioned off in Germany, and the previous owner made a few quid out of the deal.
About $150K to be exact.
The lens in question is a Nikon Nikkor-O Auto 58mm f/1 lens, created around 1970 and the only lens of its kind.
Before the sale, the lens was listed with an estimated value of 15,000 to 20,000 euros. However, it eventually sold for a hammer price of 150,000 euros and when you add the auction fees that ballooned to 180,000 euros.
Not bad if you can get it.
Also sold on the day was a Leica M series that went for 687,500 euros. Although this was a prototype making it worth more, I now weep at the loss of my Dad’s Leica Ms that went due to those evil death duties around in the 70s.