Former Perth retailer Ashley Heuchan (Plaza Cameras) has quietly collected over 1000 fine examples of the camera manufacturers’ craft in his 50 years in the industry, and is selling them online, starting today, December 1.
For a while they were on display in his Murray Street, Perth business but space became a problem and he retired from the business, so they went into storage for years.
‘Even now, as I go through hundreds of boxes, I am amazed at what I find,’ said Ashley.
‘Digital and mobile phone cameras are great, but there is a magic about film, processing and the incredibly engineered cameras that used them that is hard to describe.’
There will be several auctions to clear the entire collection. The first – with 56 items up for sale – starts today and ends on Tuesday, December 12. Prospective buyers need to register to bid at auction.
Recent auction sales of rare Leicas and Nikons have seen exceptional models go for between $1 and $2 million! While there may not be any lots reaching those heady heights – (most models have reserve prices set at three- rather than four-figure sums) there certainly are some rare and fascinating film cameras in The Ashley Heuchan Rare Camera Collection.
Most items in this first auction are premium cameras and lenses from Leica, Voigtlander, Rolleiflex, Zeis, Canon and Nikon, with a few more exotic pieces such as stereo cameras from the 1950s and even a spy camera from the Cold War – a Riken (now Ricoh) miniaturised 16mm still film camera – useful for all manner of discrete enquiries.