Can you bereave it a simple Leica’ camera has been sold-out at $1.9 million. Yes this is Leica’s most expensive camera in the world. The camera is the only one of the Leica 0-series to have “Germany” engraved on it, and was the first Leica camera to ever be exported, as it was sent over to New York in order to gain a patent. No doubt the “private Asian collector” who bought it will never run a roll of film through it; likely choosing to keep it as a dust-collector instead.
At Westilicht Photographica Auctions a Leica 0-Serie Nr.107 (1923) camera sold for 1.3 million EUR (1.9 million USD). The opening bid was 200,000 EUR with an estimated price of 350,000-450,000 EUR. AP reports that the camera went to a “private Asian collector after a nailbiting, 20-minute bidding process“. This is the camera description:
This is the 7th camera of the Leica 0-series. Only approximately 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. It is the only camera known with “Germany” engraving on the top plate. The factory record indicates delivery to New York for patent applies. This means that this camera is not only one of the major existing rarities, it is also the first Leica being exported. It is the unique chance to buy the most important collectible Leica camera.
The previous record for the most expensive Leica was a MP2 that sold for 402,000 in December of 2010.
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