Iconic camera museum Michaels has closed down and they’re selling all their gear

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Iconic camera museum Michaels has closed down and they’re selling all their gear

Michaels Cameras

After 105 years of trade on site, it's the end of an era for an iconic Melbourne establishment.

Having conducted business on the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets since 1916, iconic camera store and photography museum Michaels has sadly stopped trading. A staple of the collection of the history of cameras and photography, Michaels are auctioning off all of their extremely rare and unique items from their collection in an auction – including a Red Flag 20 and 1920s Leicas. The first auction takes place on August 9.

What you need to know

  • The iconic camera shop and museum Michaels has sadly shut down
  • They’re selling all of their gear, including an extremely rare Red Flag 20
  • The first of the auctions happens on August 9 by Leski’s Auctions

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Head over to their auction for your chance to buy some extremely rare and unique items that featured as part of the Michael’s camera museum. They’re auctioning off an extremely rare Red Flag 20, a camera that was produced by one of Chairman Mao’s wives and were never sold but given to the establishment in China. They are selling everything from their shop and museum apart from one thing – one of the rarest cameras they have, their Olympus Pen-F cutaway.

Since opening in 1916, Michael’s Cameras has been in the family for over 100 years. Specialising in anything and everything from film development to camera hire, Michaels was an iconic Melbourne store. Dedicated to the preservation of cameras and photographic history, they had a museum as part of their store that housed unique and rare cameras.

The loss of Michaels is a great loss to the fabric of the city – always free to enter, their camera shop and photography museum was a premiere destination for all photographers, professional and amateur.

Find out more by heading to Leski’s Auctions page on the Michael Family Camera Museum here