Christie’s Auctions Off Vintage Spy Cameras – Brief Article
LONDON–In January, Christie’s held its first camera sale of the year, featuring equipment dating from the 1830s through the 1980s. Included in the sale were a selection of spy cameras in various disguises, such as coat buttons, cigarette lighters and gentlemen’s pocket watches.
Pictured here is a Japanese Doryu 2-16 gun camera, similar to they type used by Japanese police for shooting practice. The model dates back to the early 1950s and held an estimate of 7,000 [pounds sterling] to 10,000 [pounds sterling]. Another Japanese-made spy camera disguised as a cigarette lighter held an estimate between 300 [pounds sterling] to 500 [pounds sterling]. Produced during the late 1950s by the Suzuki Optical Company, the chrome 8mm camera looks exactly like an authentic Zippo lighter, and, when fitted with a proper wick, it can actually be used as one.
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