Fuller’s Fine Arts Auctions will sell The Kaprelian Collection of Cameras and Photographica in a No Reserve Sale on November 19, 2011 at 11 am EST. This is Part One of a two part sale. Part two, to be sold in 2012, will include specialized lenses, camera parts, additional lots of cameras, and the Kaprelian library of camera ephemera.
Edward K. Kaprelian (American, 1913-1997) was an avid collector of photographic equipment and materials during his lifetime, and amassed a large collection of important cameras spanning the history of phtoography. He held more than fifty United States and international patents. During WWII Kaprelian was the Chief of the United States Army Signal Corps Engineering Labs in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and later was the Chief Engineer at the Kalart Compan.
This sale will feature more than 350 cameras spanning the history of photography, including late 19th and early 20th century box cameras, view cameras, tropical cameras, and many early examples of American, British, French, and German cameras. There are important early Kodak Cameras in the collection.
Lot 230 will include a group of original prototype, scale production models and designs for a 16mm Victor Movie Camera by the Victor Animatographic Corporation in Davenport, Iowa. Lot 232 consits of a rare original 1949 Raymond Loewy Associates drawing of a prototype design for a 16mm Victor Movie Camera together with related documentation, invoices, and correspondence.
There are several United States Army cameras and a 1930s Japanese army aerial camera (Lots 221); German made Robot cameras and sixteen Rollei Twin-Lens Reflex cameras; and several important subminiature cameras including a Ducati Sogno (Lot 244) a Steky Model III (Lots 248), and Minox cameras. There are more than sixty lots of Leica cameras, lenses, and accesorries up for sale. The highlight of this group is (Lots 277) a Leica 250 Reported in Nickel finish, Model FF converted to a GG. Also included are a number of early movie cameras and projectors.
AUCTION PREVIEW SCHEDULE
Saturday, Nov. 12 (Noon to 5pm)
Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 18 (Noon to 5 pm daily)