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