The Most Expensive Camera Yet


The most expensive camera yet… isn’t new. Nor is it digital or anything remotely high tech.

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An 88 year old Leica camera went under the hammer at the latest WestLicht auction in Vienna for €1,320,000 (approximately $1,900,000). The bid started at €200,000, which the auctioneer expected to go up to only €450,000. But after a 20-minute nail-biting process, the item was sold to an Asian collector for the shocking hammer price.

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Still in full working condition, the camera was a part of the Leica 0-Series, a small batch of prototypes produced to test the waters. The roughly three dozen units were completed in 1923, before the Leica A officially launched in the market.

Did I mention it’s in full working condition? Lucky, lucky collector.

written by sleepswimming on 2011-06-06 in #news #lomography #leica #most-expensive #westlicht #auction #world-record #news #vienna #camera


  1. thewretched
    thewretched ·

    Even though it's less expensive, I'd much rather have the Leica MP2.

    And at only £402,000 it seems like a bargain in comparison!

  2. sleepswimming
    sleepswimming ·

    hi! thanks for your comment. to each his own? i think a big part of what the collector paid for was the fact that the camera belonged to the first batch of leicas ever.

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    do the winner is a lomographer?........

  4. sleepswimming
    sleepswimming ·

    hmm. i don't believe so.

  5. normansanzo
    normansanzo ·

    Wow still in working condition... I just hope the winner of the camera post the pictures from that camera.

  6. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    So expensive~~~ Hope we get to see the works from this camera~~

  7. mr-korn
    mr-korn ·

    The winner is probably a collector and probably wouldn't be taking photo with that camera. It's a damn shame.

  8. sleepswimming
    sleepswimming ·

    it's also equally possible that he (or she) would. let's see if the internet catches wind.

  9. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    all hands on deck!

  10. jonalon
    jonalon ·

    maybe the new product is a lomo remake of this?!

  11. caseylynette
    caseylynette ·

    wowie wow

  12. fefo
    fefo ·

    What a pity it would be if this guy doesn't shoot this camera at least a couple of times! Bob Marley would say: "Don't be just a stock! A stock on the shelf!"

  13. eightmiles
    eightmiles ·

    wow...its a nice cam

  14. wonderdude
    wonderdude ·

    Sounds like this collector had plenty of "luck" to spend!

  15. saintempire
    saintempire ·

    neeeeed more piggies!

  16. sasko
    sasko ·

    don't think he'll ever take pictures with that camera...
    he's spent all his money for the camera and can't afford films anymore :)

  17. shangri-la
    shangri-la ·

    does it really take all that good of a photo? does this mean that the camera makes the photographer... because i thought it was the other way around.

  18. kuryzu
    kuryzu ·


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