Leica MP2 sells for $1.6 million at the Leitz Photographica Auction 44

Leica MP2
(Image credit: Leitz Auction)

The 44th edition of the legendary Leitz Photographica Auction, held on June 8 at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany, was a captivating event, brimming with a rich tapestry of historical treasures. 

With over 400 lots, the auction showcased an eclectic mix of vintage cameras, lenses, and historical photographic accessories, drawing collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. Among the remarkable items was a Leica MP2 Black Paint from 1958, a piece originally crafted for the demanding world of professional photojournalism.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.