Photography Equipment & Camera Auctions

Antique & Vintage Camera Auctions

Flints Camera & Photographic department hold Fine Photographica Auctions twice per year in London. These sales are very well publicised, with advertisements in all the main trade publications, social media and at trade fairs. The catalogues produced for our fine sales are in full colour and are fully illustrated. They are sent to collectors, institutes and museums across the world.

Jonathan Brown heads the camera department and has a long history of being involved within this field. As a professional photographer he has an exceptionally high standard of presentation which he carries into his cataloguing, along with well-researched descriptions. The catalogues produced by Flints are valuable reference works used and trusted by leading collectors and institutes.

Flints sales contain a wide range of photographic equipment, from the earliest periods of wet plate up to items from the present day, including digital. The sales often include fine cameras from well-known names such as Leica, Rollei, Reid, Hasselblad and Nikon.

We also have expert knowledge in the field of vintage lenses and optics, from the early Petzval portrait to the later 20th century 35mm. Our sales often feature lenses from famous makers such as P. Angenieux, Cooke, Dallmeyer, Kinoptik, Leitz, Som Berthiot and Ross.


Vintage Camera Auction Highlights

Flints Auctioneers have achieved high prices for antique and vintage cameras. Below is a link to some of the highlights.

Leica Ia Elmax Camera

Vintage Leica – A Rare Leica Ia Elmax Camera

Sold For £18,000 inc Premium

One of the highlights of our April 2018 Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science & Medicine auction was this Leica Model Ia Elmax Camera, circa 1925, finished in black. The camera had a very early serial number (no. 360). It came with a Leitz Elmax f/3.5 50mm lens. The camera had been fully tested prior to sale and all parts were working well. You can read the full description here

This camera featured on the Antiques Trade Gazette publication and website.

Watson Stereo Alpha Camera

Antique Camera auction – A W. Watson & Sons Stereo Alpha Brass & Mahogany Camera Outfit

Sold For £4800.00 inc buyers premium

Another highlight from our April 2018 ‘Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science & Medicine’ auction sale was this English C.1900, stereo camera outfit by Watson & Sons, London. The Watson Alpha camera turns up from time to time but to find a stereo version is very rare. The lat one to sell at a UK auction was at Christies back in 1990.  You can read the full description here

Ross Xpress Lens

Vintage Camera Lenses – A Very Rare Ross Xpress f/1.9 2″ lens

Sold For £12000.00 inc buyers premium

This rare camera lens sold in our April 2018 ‘Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science & Medicine’ auction. Its a Ross Xpres f/1.9 2″ Lens, black with the serial no. 201869. You can read the full description here


The specialist staff here at Flints have many years of experience behind them, a comprehensive knowledge in this field and an eye for detail. Flints has an enviable worldwide database of buyers and collectors and will always try their best to achieve the best possible prices for your items.

For the fine sale all of our lots are presented in a professionally printed full colour catalogue as well as on which allows for full online bidding.

If you are considering selling, our experts would be pleased to offer you a free consultation without obligation.



Jonathan Brown

Specialist – Cameras & Photographica
Tel +44 (0) 7387 198 886