Camera Geekery: Flints Fine Photographica Auction

In case you didn’t know, there will be another big camera auction in the next few days. Not in mainland europe or Japan, but in the UK. Flint Auctions are an established auction house who specialize in antique cameras, photographs, scientific & medical instruments, optical toys and early technology. And for their upcoming Fine Photographica Auction on the 19th of November they have some absolutely incredible items. Including an unopened Leica M4 and the oldest camera ever offered on auction.

The Lots

Lot 107 – Leica Reporter 250gg with case and matching box
Just look at that. A 250gg with the case and box. You don’t see one of those very often. Estimate £14,000 – £18,000
Lot 151 – Leica M4 Rangefinder Body, black and in unopened packing
Wow, just wow. This is only the second one of these I have ever seen. The last one came with an X-ray of the inside of the sealed box. Estimate £1,800 – £2,200
Lot 215 – Canon VI-T Rangefinder black paint
In my humble opinion this is one of the best looking of all the black paint cameras. What a stunner. Estimate £1,000 – £1,500
Lot 224 – Ilford Witness Rangefinder
Way back in the 50’s, Ilford made the Witness. But as they only made 350 of them they are now exceptionally rare. And this one is stunning. Estimate £8,000 – £10,000
Lot 305 – Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11
Just look at this size of this lens. It weighs in a 17.5 kg, so shipping will be fun. This remarkable lens is an important piece of photographic history. Estimate £8,000 – £12,000
Lot 352 – Hasselblad 1000F boxed + beautiful
It is increasingly rare to see a clean 1000F nowadays. But to see one with the box and papers? Now this is special.
Lot 423 – Linhof Technika-Flex 5×4″ TLR
This is exceedingly cool. A Technikalfex with the TLR finder attachment. What a beast.Estimate £2,000 – £3,000
Lot 434 – Brin’s Patent Detective Camera
This lot includes a photograph of the camera with its previous owner circa 1940. A very unusual piece. Estimate £10,000 – £15,000
Lot 452 – Lastly, Early Experimental Mousetrap Camera
This is the oldest ever camera offered for sale, ever. Circa 1840 and has been studied, photographed and documented by Roger Watson FRSA, Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum. A remarkable piece of history. Estimate £50,000 – £70,000

The info

Flints have been making strides into photographica auctions and within 3 years have become one of the leading auctions for cameras and scientific instruments.
You can check out the upcoming auction on four bidding platforms, Flints Live,, Live Auctioneers and Invaluable.
They hold the auction at the Hilton hotel in Reading and can ship your winning items worldwide. Even that massive Nikon lens.
Check out their site and catalogue now