Leica MP black paint no.59 'Yul Brynner' *


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Product number: A00246
Starting Price €400,000
Estimate €600,000 – 700,000
serial number : MP-59
Manufacture Year : 1958
Leica MP black paint no.59 'Yul Brynner' *

Yul Brynner, known for his iconic stage and screen performances, such as his Academy Award-winning portrayal of King Mongkut in 'The King and I,' was not only a legendary actor but also a multifaceted artist. His magnetic charisma and distinctive bald head made him an unforgettable Hollywood figure. Beyond acting, Brynner was a director and photographer, a facet of his creativity showcased by his ownership of two rare black paint Leica MP cameras.

The Leica MP no.59 and 60 were personal cameras of Brynner, and are now a symbol of Brynner's commitment to the art of photography. However, it is his extensive body of work, consisting of thousands of photographs, that truly exemplifies his photographic prowess. Brynner's photographs tell stories, capturing moments in time with the same dedication and precision he brought to the stage and screen, leaving an enduring legacy in both the worlds of cinema and photography.

The Leica MP-59 is in very good, original, and unrestored condition, it shows an attractive patina of use around the edges. It is, of course, in perfect working condition. This special Leica includes a matching, sought-after black paint Leicavit MP and a Canon 3.5/25mm lens no.10749.

I understand that Brynner had a unique gift as a photographer for helping his subjects to relax, and the evidence is here, particularly in the images of Deborah Kerr on the set of 'The King And I' and of Ingrid Bergmann during the shooting of 'Anastasia'. You can also see it in the photos of the extras and the technicians: everyone and everything seems to have been observed from a becalmed distance. - Martin Scorsese