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Invaluable Partners with Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions to Offer Online Bidding on Upcoming November 12th Auction

Tamarkin Auctions Features Rare Leica, Nikon and Zeiss Cameras, Along with the Hegelein Watch Camera, One of Only Four Known Examples in the World


Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:20 am EDT


"one of the fastest growing e-commerce sites in the art world"

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, today announced a partnership with Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions to offer online bidding on the upcoming Tamarkin Rare Camera Auction on November 12, 2016, taking place at 10am EST. Internet bidders can view the full catalog of more than 320 lots of rare cameras and photographic equipment on and bid during the live auction both online and using the Invaluable mobile app.

“We are excited to be working with Invaluable to expand the reach of our upcoming rare camera auction to photo equipment enthusiasts around the globe,” said Dan Tamarkin, CEO of Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions. “We offer exceedingly rare pieces, including the exceptional Hegelein Watch Camera, and many desirable Leica and Nikon items. We look forward to attracting more of the top collectors from around the world – and Invaluable makes it easy to reach more and more buyers.”

One rare Leica model offered November 12th is the Leica M4 KE-7A (estimated at $15,000 - $25,000) with 50mm Elcan lens, made in Canada for the United States Army and specially engraved.

Nikon models are also featured in the auction, including a Nikon 35mm Stereo-Nikkor f3,5 with Nikkor Stereo viewfinder (estimated at $30,000 - $45,000), which is one of the rarest production Nikon rangefinder lenses ever made. Another noteworthy piece is the Nikon 2000mm Reflex-Nikkor f11 Mirror lens in Nikon F mount (estimated at $25,000 - $40,000). Fewer than 300 of these massive lenses were produced beginning in 1970, and were available only by special order.

One of the rarest lots included in the auction is the Hegelein Watch Camera, which is one of only four known examples in the world. Patented in 1894, New Yorker John C. Hegelein designed the subminiature pocket watch camera to take removable wooden plate holders for single-exposure film. Around the turn of the 20th century, the camera sold for $5, and is estimated at $27,500 - $35,000 today.

Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions offers black enamel Leica M2, M3 and M4 cameras, as well as many rare lenses, such as the Angenieux 50mm Type S21 f1,5 rangefinder lens, which is estimated at $20,000 - $30,000. Very few were made in Leica screw mount - perhaps as few as 20 copies.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions for their November auction on Invaluable,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. “As one of the foremost auctioneers specializing in fine collectible photo equipment, Tamarkin is known for the quality and rarity of the items they offer, and I know our collector base from 180 countries around the world will be very excited to participate in the auction online.”

For more information on the 320 items being included in the auction, and to place bids online, please visit

About Invaluable
Invaluable is the world’s leading online marketplace for buying fine art, antiques and collectibles. Working with more than 4,000 of the world’s premier auction houses, dealers and galleries, Invaluable helps buyers from nearly 200 countries connect with the things they love. With best-in-class online bidding technology, along with a fixed-price retail platform, Invaluable provides sellers with e-commerce and marketing solutions, as well as auction management software. Recently called “one of the fastest growing e-commerce sites in the art world” by Blouin ArtInfo, Invaluable has also been recognized by Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500 and the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. Headquartered in Boston, Invaluable also has offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @InvaluableLive.

About Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions
As America’s premier auctioneer specializing in fine collectible photo equipment, Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions has auctioned millions of dollars of collectible camera gear and has repeatedly set world records for prices achieved at auction. The company’s auction catalogues are collected and used worldwide as a reference tool and price guide, and are an excellent way to keep up with current pricing and trends. For more information, visit

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Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions will offer the very rare Leica M4 KE-7A as part of their upcoming auction on November 12th, with online bidding available on (Photo: Business Wire)
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Colleen McCormick, 617-746-9825