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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

18 comments

  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!

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  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.

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  3. superlighter

    superlighter

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

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  4. sleepswimming

    sleepswimming

    hmm. i don't believe so.

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  5. normansanzo

    normansanzo

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

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  6. cutebun

    cutebun

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

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  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.

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  8. sleepswimming

    sleepswimming

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

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  9. istionojr

    istionojr

    all hands on deck!

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  10. jonalon

    jonalon

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

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  11. caseylynette

    caseylynette

    wowie wow

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  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!"

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  13. eightmiles

    eightmiles

    wow...its a nice cam

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  14. wonderdude

    wonderdude

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

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  15. saintempire

    saintempire

    neeeeed more piggies!

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  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 :)
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  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.
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  18. kuryzu

    kuryzu

    WOW!

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