Some of the cameras being sold at auction
Some of the cameras being sold at auction

Thousands of cameras are going under the hammer as a collection spanning a century of photography are ready to be sold by a Lichfield auctioneer.

The collection, which includes brands such as Leica, Mamiya, Canon, Voigtland, Nikon, Minox, Kodak and Pentax, will feature in the Richard Winterton Auctioneers sale on 7th July.

Other items in the sale include cine film projectors and magic lantern slides.

The entire collection was put together by a single collector who also worked to restore the camera.

Valuer Stuart Hay said:

“It’s one of the largest collections I have ever seen, but it’s not just the size of the collection – it’s the overall quality that is impressive.

“It is effectively a lifetime’s fascination with cameras and the workings of, showcasing the history of photography from the turn of the 19th and 20th Century to the modern day.”

Stuart Hay

Ranging from plate cameras to digital compacts and spanning a century of photography, researching and cataloguing the collection took around ten days to complete.

“It’s been an interesting journey through the ages of photography. The collection is very much a love affair with cameras and the way they work.”

Stuart Hay

The catalogue can be viewed online.

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