The silver photo shop on Avenue des Gobelins is about to close.An auction is organized on September 16th to dispatch its unusual stock.

Vintage camera mounds

The improbable and discreet Ali Baba Cave, where Mr.Dinh Hanh Vu has crammed mounds of vintage cameras, lenses and spare parts between two floors for 41 years, is about to close its doors.

The stock will be auctioned on September 16th.It is Jean-Pierre Teucquam, auctioneer, usually officiating in Drouot, who will hold the hammer, on the spot, avenue des Gobelins.”If I make $10 to $15,000, I’ll be happy! “he says.Two other sales have already taken place, generating a revenue of “around 30 000$” and attracting mainly amateurs, collectors and nostalgic for silver.

“We never went digital.”

On Thursday, Minh Nguyot Vu, 68 years old, his wife, sitting on his little folding chair, in the middle of his deserted junk shop, summed up: “We never went digital! And there was never a computer or a phone! ».

Philippe, the bookseller, remembers well this “old man, a marabout from the film industry” and his shop, “a gold mine, a brothel without a name.He had stuff he couldn’t find.”

The business, for sale

Philippe and Mr.Dinh Hanh Vu shared the same bank on Avenue des Gobelins.”I passed him there.As soon as he had sold, he would come out of his store, lock the door and run to deposit his cheque.He didn’t sell much,” smiles Jean-Pierre Teucquam, “He went to flea markets, bought compulsively, put his cameras and lenses in plastic bags and piled them up.

After the Photo-Ciné auction, Minh Nguyot returned, not without a “twinge of regret”, the keys to the room she was renting.Right now, she’s selling her business.”I have several keys.”

The almost septuagenarian, who arrived from Vietnam in the 1950s, will then live a peaceful retirement between the XIIIth district to which she is attached and the XIIth where she lives, in Nation, near her daughter and her two grandchildren.