A rare 1923 Leica 0-Series camera has become the most expensive camera sold to date, fetching 2,160,000 EUR (around 2,790,000 USD) at an auction, at the Galerie Westlicht in Vienna, Austria. An anonymous buyer won the bidding battle for the German camera, which still works. Video of the actual bidding for the Leica 0-Series camera after the break.
Only approx. 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The camera is in excellent and fully working condition (a small missing piece of leather on the side has been replaced with contemporary vulcanite by Ottmar Michaely), all parts including the paintwork are original, with the matching lens cover, the folding finder has been replaced by the later Galilean finder as usual. The camera is one of the major rarities in camera history, Leica 0-series no.107 was sold in our 19th auction for a world-record price of Euro 1.320.000 including commission !
Serial no.: 116
EUR 300.000 (Start price)
EUR 2.160.000 (Hammer price incl. premium)
[ Leicarumors / Westlicht Auction ]