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Chuffed Cheese
03-11-2018, 04:17
Well, well, well. Looks like quite the find here, lol. I'm sure some fun discussion can be had.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Amelia-Earharts-Camera/263542457873?hash=item3d5c5ac611:g:bNgAAOSweBFapAO e

Erik van Straten
03-11-2018, 04:30
I wonder why she didn't take it with her on her flight around the world.

Erik.

michaelwj
03-11-2018, 04:47
When I want things to end up in museums I usually put them on eBay for £50,000 too. I would never contact a museum or two.

Dralowid
03-11-2018, 04:49
I wish it were true and it may very well be true but provenance such as this is so hard to prove.

At that price provenance would have to be 100% concrete.

Like the idea though...fiddly to load? Surely our Amelia would be made of sterner stuff!

jsrockit
03-11-2018, 04:55
I wonder why she didn't take it with her on her flight around the world.

Erik.

Haha, good one. Maybe she had many Leicas ... like many of us here past and present.

Chuffed Cheese
03-11-2018, 05:17
I wonder why she didn't take it with her on her flight around the world.

Erik.

Cuz she knew how it would end up. Wanted it to be kept in safe hands, lol.

Larry Cloetta
03-11-2018, 06:14
I wonder why she didn't take it with her on her flight around the world.

Erik.

It probably needed a CLA.

Chuffed Cheese
03-11-2018, 06:43
An interesting follow-up. Weird too.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15138583.In_pictures__Aviator_Amelia_Earhart_s_cam era_to_go_under_the_hammer_in_Glasgow/

I guess it didn't sell at the auction?

mconnealy
03-11-2018, 06:44
Deco Beauty (https://connealy.blogspot.com/2012/05/deco-beauty.html)

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sQjj0KtWJwE/T6rRiYDo8sI/AAAAAAAAEbw/rMTjBt1EDwc/s320/amelia2.jpg

Beemermark
03-11-2018, 07:48
At least the price is right-:)

Sumarongi
03-11-2018, 07:50
At least the price is right-:)

In 2017, McTear's Auctioneers *expected to reach between £10,000 and £15,000*, and didn't succeed, now Mr Wullie Macdonald's grandson Ian thinks he'll get £ 50,000... :D

capitalK
03-11-2018, 07:52
The story could be genuine, but I'm guessing grampa told a whopper.

Montag006
03-11-2018, 13:13
I wonder why she didn't take it with her on her flight around the world.

Erik.

Subjects like this and Erik's comment make me say
"I love this website and the people on here." :angel:

Emile de Leon
03-11-2018, 13:48
They should dna test..or fingerprint it..lol..

giganova
03-11-2018, 13:54
Shouldn't Amelia Earharts' Leica look like this?

https://leicarumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/leica-damage-fire.jpg

Muggins
03-11-2018, 14:12
A CLA will sort that!
(from the Hindenburg?)

The Kodak Duo 620 is pretty but, in my limited experience, the Kodak Anastigmat lens is a bit of a contrast-free zone. Oddly, I have only ever seen two of these, and when I saw the second I had the first in my pocket with a film in!
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8448445054_4894eca812_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/dSyunL)Art-deco Kodak Duo-620 (https://flic.kr/p/dSyunL) by gray1720 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gray1720/), on Flickr

Adrian

Huss
03-11-2018, 16:50
In related news, I am selling an Olympus Stylus owned by Jesus.

(I bought it from him at the Pasadena City College flea market).

davidnewtonguitars
03-11-2018, 16:55
I guess it WAS fiddly to load, trying to stuff an IXMOO in there!

xayraa33
03-11-2018, 17:29
In related news, I am selling an Olympus Stylus owned by Jesus.

(I bought it from him at the Pasadena City College flea market).

I like to own Picasso's Fed 2 camera.

That would take some fine Cubist portraits in my opinion, may be even a few Blue Period ones too.

Huss
03-11-2018, 18:19
I wonder why she didn't take it with her on her flight around the world.

Erik.


It was at Leica NJ "waiting for parts".

jkcampbell
03-11-2018, 19:02
In related news, I am selling an Olympus Stylus owned by Jesus.

(I bought it from him at the Pasadena City College flea market).

I picked up a very early photograph of Jesus in Turin Italy a while back.

Sorry, couldn't help my self...

vladimir
03-11-2018, 22:17
I read somewhere recently that human bones found in Pacific Ocean are thoughts to be hers’.

Huss
03-11-2018, 22:45
I read somewhere recently that human bones found in Pacific Ocean are thoughts to be hersí.

So she leaves her Leica at home but travels with a sack of bones?
This is getting weirder all the time.

jaapv
03-12-2018, 05:32
I wish it were true and it may very well be true but provenance such as this is so hard to prove.

At that price provenance would have to be 100% concrete.

Like the idea though...fiddly to load? Surely our Amelia would be made of sterner stuff!

If it had solid provenance, the price would be quite a bit higher...
It begs the question why the seller hasn't put in some research instead of quoting a family legend. I would go searching for photographs of Amelia using a Leica, have a look at Leica's sales records, search the family history or more confirmation than a slip of paper with a signature, etc. After all, it might yield hundreds of thousands to do so.

Timmyjoe
03-12-2018, 05:40
Also begs the question, if Amelia gifted the new Leica camera to the grandparents because she found it too "fiddly" to load, why does the camera look like it's been heavily used? Surely, with the publicity around her disappearance, had the grandparents known they had such a valuable piece of her history, they would never use the camera as a "daily driver".

I'm assuming, like my Irish grandmother, this person's grandparents were wonderful story tellers.

Best,
-Tim

Out to Lunch
03-12-2018, 05:57
The big question is whether or not Leica is willing to replace the corroded sensor...

Malcolm M
03-12-2018, 06:11
So how does Earhart's camera end up in the hands of a semi-literate? Does he also need a hand moving a Nigerian prince's money out of the country?

JoeLopez
03-12-2018, 06:22
When I want things to end up in museums I usually put them on eBay for £50,000 too. I would never contact a museum or two.

I'd rather sell something, pocket the money and let someone else put it in a museum :)

Chuffed Cheese
03-12-2018, 07:50
If it had solid provenance, the price would be quite a bit higher...
It begs the question why the seller hasn't put in some research instead of quoting a family legend. I would go searching for photographs of Amelia using a Leica, have a look at Leica's sales records, search the family history or more confirmation than a slip of paper with a signature, etc. After all, it might yield hundreds of thousands to do so.

yeah but that takes work.

Highway 61
03-12-2018, 08:17
What a coincidence isn't it ? :D

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43323944

jaapv
03-12-2018, 08:17
Which begs the question - how much work is 450.000 $ worth? For me quite a bit ;)

pepeguitarra
03-12-2018, 08:42
I sent my offer already. I have my fingers crossed hoping that they will accept it.

Steve Bellayr
03-12-2018, 08:49
That camera has been heavily used. Maybe she bought it used. But, whatever the circumstances on an object such as this provenance is everything and as he admits he can not provide provenance other than a signed card. At this juncture it is legend not history.

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03-12-2018, 10:01
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pepeguitarra
03-12-2018, 10:12
I was wondering, is that a Speed Graphic, the one the journalist to the right is holding?

https://img.thedailybeast.com/image/upload/c_crop,d_placeholder_euli9k,h_675,w_1200,x_0,y_0/dpr_2.0/c_limit,w_740/fl_lossy,q_auto/v1492801742/articles/2012/10/14/elvis-presley-america-s-secret-weapon-in-the-cold-war/cold-war-elvis-wiener_tvt7ma

winzenbourg
03-12-2018, 10:16
More accurately, the buyer is probably paying 50,000 GBP for a copy of Amelia Earhart's signature and some guy's grandpa's fiddly old camera.

pepeguitarra
03-12-2018, 10:25
A CLA will sort that!
(from the Hindenburg?)

The Kodak Duo 620 is pretty but, in my limited experience, the Kodak Anastigmat lens is a bit of a contrast-free zone. Oddly, I have only ever seen two of these, and when I saw the second I had the first in my pocket with a film in!
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8448445054_4894eca812_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/dSyunL)Art-deco Kodak Duo-620 (https://flic.kr/p/dSyunL) by gray1720 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gray1720/), on Flickr

Adrian

Nice camera. The Anastigmat lenses were top of the line and very sharp, it is possible that they were low contrast. That is why Kodak came up with the Ektars, which are really some of the best lenses, even today.

ptpdprinter
03-12-2018, 10:25
Why would Earhart include a signed card when she gave away a camera she didn't like to a guy who picked up her laundry? I rarely include a signed card when I drop off stuff at the Goodwill.

grouchos_tash
03-13-2018, 01:36
My aunt (grandmother figure of my family) told me she worked with Florence Nightingale and once rode a giraffe.

Sumarongi
03-13-2018, 02:04
My aunt (grandmother figure of my family) told me she worked with Florence Nightingale and once rode a giraffe.

And my grandparents had sabre-toothed tigers as pets. :D

Arbitrarium
03-13-2018, 02:28
Well if this newspaper is anything to go by, the auction he mentioned did indeed happen...

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15138583.In_pictures__Aviator_Amelia_Earhart_s_cam era_to_go_under_the_hammer_in_Glasgow/