Michaels Camera Museum Auction

The long-standing camera shop and museum are closed, but hundreds of vintage cameras, accessories, and more are going up for auction — starting at just $40.

For 46 years, the iconic Michaels – on the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets in Melbourne’s CBD – has served as a dedicated camera shop.

Before that, since 1916, it also sold cameras, but functioned as a pawn shop, gunsmith and pharmacy – under five generations of the same family. But all good things come to an end.

The long-standing shop closed for good at the end of June — a blow to local photographers — but you can still get a slice of the upstairs camera museum to remember.

The collection has grown over the years to more than 3000 beautiful items. And hundreds of them are going under the hammer in a series of auctions, starting with one on Tuesday, August 9, organized by auction house Leski in Melbourne.

Prices start at $40 for everything from vintage cameras, reach 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 shop in St Kilda.)

Bid online or in person.

From 6 p.m.

More information here.

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