Michaels Camera Museum Auction
For 46 years, the iconic Michaels – on the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale streets in Melbourne’s CBD – has served as a dedicated camera store.
Before that, since 1916, it also sold cameras, but operated as a pawn shop, a gunsmith and a pharmacy – under five generations of the same family. But all good things must come to an end.
The longstanding shop closed for good in late June – a blow for local photographers – but you can still get a piece of its upstairs camera museum to remember it by.
The collection burgeoned to include more than 3000 beautiful items over the years. And hundreds of them are going under the hammer in a series of auctions, beginning with one this Tuesday August 9, organised by Melbourne auction house Leski.
Prices start at $40 for everything from vintage cameras, range fingers and other accessories; camera memorabilia; old advertising posters; and more. (It’s not the end of the road for the Michaels name, though; the brand continues with an equipment hire store in St Kilda.)
Bid online or in person.