Valuing an oddball lens

Discussion in 'Antiques and Collecting' started by ntenny, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. ntenny

    ntenny Member

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    I have a strange older lens: a SOM Berthiot wide-angle for Contax mount. It might be a post-factory conversion, but it doesn't have any markings to indicate the fact (as Roger Lemasson, for instance, seems usually to have marked his lens conversions).

    I think I'd like to get it appraised, mainly to find out whether its value as a collectible greatly exceeds its value as a shooter. (It's a perfectly usable lens, but nothing miraculous, and I shoot very little 35mm anyway.) The appraiser would need to be fairly well plugged in to the strange-European-lenses market, as this isn't really normal stuff even in the collectible world---Berthiot lenses for Contax are pretty thin on the ground in general, and I've never seen *any* other example of this particular lens.

    I've never had an appraisal done for anything that wasn't a house. How does this work, and how do I find someone who can do the job competently?

    Much thanks

    -NT
     
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    Did you look for clues on Eboy? It seems they are made by a French company. There's a lot of those lenses for movie cameras, Bolex-era and such.
     
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    Contact the Leicashop in Vienna they might even be interested in the lens themselves either for an auction (Westlicht) or for their shop.
    www.leicashop.at
     
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    See, this is the sort of thing I don't know: If I approach a dealer for an appraisal, doesn't that create a conflict of interest for them? What if I get the appraisal and then decide not to sell, or accept an offer from someone else?

    This does seem like the sort of item Westlicht deals in, I just don't know how one approaches dealmaking in those circles.

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    Auction houses often offer free appraisal Westlicht is an auction house and affilated to the Leicashop same building and owner. Westlicht prefers that a seller or interested persons contact them by phone or email.

    Peter Coeln (Owner)
    Tel: ++43 1 523 5659 10
    E-Mail: pcoeln@leicashop.com

    Jo Geier
    Tel: ++43 1 523 5659 12
    E-Mail: hgeier@leicashop.com

    or

    auction@westlicht.com