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The World’s Most Expensive Camera: 1923 Leica O-Series
By Anthea Quay, 14 May 2012
At the 21st WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna on Saturday, the world record for the most expensive camera ever sold was broken again for the fifth time.
The winning bid was $2.16 million EUR (US$2.79 million) for a prototype of the 1923 Leica O-series—wit a starting price of $300,000 EUR.
The vintage camera is an “extremely rare exemplar of the Leica O-series”, WestLicht Photographica Auction wrote in a statement.
The bid ended at $1.8 million EUR, but was taxed to a final price of $2.16 million EUR.
According to FRANCE 24, the buyer of the Leica chooses to remain anonymous.
Only 25 of these pre-production O-series were made, to test the market for 35mm cameras before full production started in 1925—12 of which are known to still exist.
According to FRANCE 24, the previous record of the most expensive camera ever sold was also for an O-series—at a price of $1.32 million EUR.
But in 2007, when the first O-series was auctioned, it fetched just $336,000 EUR.
[via WestLicht Photographica Auction and FRANCE 24]
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