Ebay Watch: Platinum Leicas, Pellicle Mirrors, Polaroid Film and More

The wildest photography gear up for auction this week.

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Leica M1, M2 and M3 all Snake Skin Wrapped****- $5,995.00
The folks at Leica love wrapping their German-made cameras in the finest animal and reptile skins, however this set of matching snakeskin M bodies may take the cake as the gaudiest thing we've seen from the Leica camp so far (just kidding, Ostrich skin is way gaudier). From the pictures, Ebay seller foto-can.ada’s M1, M2 and M3 seem to be in the most pristine of condition. At six thousand dollars, this seems like it may actually be a pretty good buy for any hardcore Leica collector.
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Canon F1 Olympic High Speed with Battery Pack and Cord****- $11,450.00
The Canon F1 Olympic is a pretty neat find considering back in 1972, when it came out, only working journalists could acquire one via special order. But even cooler than that is the fact that this was the fastest motor drive SLR available at the time thanks to something called a pellicle mirror. Sound familiar? It should. The folks at Sony recently reinvented Canon’s pellicle mirror technology in their current A series of digital cameras, which allow for them to continuously autofocus during video capture. Eleven grand may sound like a steep price to own this 9fps film camera with gigantic battery pack, but trust us, it’s worth every penny. Not to mention that according to Ebay seller dagmardon’s description, it seems to be in quite good shape.
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25 Packs of Polaroid 669 Film (500 Exposures Total)- $2,499.99 or Best Offer
Unless you live under a rock, you know that Polaroid officially stopped making its classic instant film in 2008. When the company announced its plan to gradually remove itself from the analogue film market after filing for bankruptcy protection, collectors all over the world went nuts and began stock piling the beloved film. Ebay seller greatdeals-super must have been one of these collectors. And while the film for sale expired in March of 2009, the seller assures us that it was, at the very least, kept in an air-conditioned room. It should be noted though, that it is being sold “as is.” However, if twenty five hundred bucks seems a bit of a steep price to relive the nostalgia of the Polaroid days, you could always just purchase some b/w PX 600 instant film from the Impossible Project, which will work with all Polaroid 600 cameras.
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"Ultra Large Format" 20x24 de Golden Bush Camera****- $11,000.00 or Best Offer
Only about two dozen of these Illinois-made cameras exist anywhere in the world according to Ebay seller leicanikonclassics. This beauty was made by Doug Busch right here in the USA sometime between 1983 and 1986. The seller points out that the going rate for this camera new in 1983 was about eight grand. Included with your purchase is the tripod pictured and two 20x24 film holders. It should be noted though that the seller will not ship the item, so unless you are in the California area or are willing to build a custom crate to have it sent in, you may be out of luck
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Leica R6 Platinum Plated****- $$20,700.00 or Best Offer
The Leica R6 was all the rage between 1988 and 1992 thanks to its completely battery-independent shutter operation (the only part of the camera that uses battery power is the exposure meter). For the cost of a family sedan, you can own a very flashy platinum version of this classic thanks to our favorite Ebay seller shphoto-gmbh.
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Leica M2 Revolver- $4,999.00 or Best Offer
There have been some really weird accessories put out for Leica rangefinders over the years (like last week's Leica Sabre Rifle Stock) and the Leica Revolver is no exception. According to RedDotCameras.co.uk only about 250 of these badboys were made—they were in production less than one year. The Revolver features a locking and unlocking mechanism that allows one to easily switch between three different attached lenses. Ebay seller user13867742 is offering this super rare piece, an M2 body and what appears to be a 35mm f/2.8, an f/4 60mm and a f/2.8 50mm all for five grand—not too shabby.
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Nikon SP, black with Motordrive and Battery Pack****- $22,080.00 or Best Offer
This mid-1950's Nikon rangefinder was notorious for it gigantic viewfinder. The viewfinder window also contained a dial that allowed users to switch between a 50,85,105 and 135mm equivalent frame depending on the focal length of the lens used—pretty advanced. Shphoto-gmbh’s auction piece seems to be in remarkably good shape for a camera so old. Not to mention it includes a massive battery and chord to put the attached motordrive to good use.