Leica: The three million dollar camera under the hammer
This Leica O-Series camera, of which only 25 were made, sold last week for €2.4 million, including 20% buyer's premium — officially the highest price paid for a camera and more than twice the top estimate of €900,000. Prices at the 32nd Westlicht auction were buoyant, especially for Leica.
Also of great interest was this Leica M3 Prototype which went under the hammer for €540,000, including buyer's premium. Extremely rare, this camera with the serial number 0040 is in almost mint condition and in perfect working order. There were several other large six-figure Leica items sold and it is clear that Asian and other big bidders are back in the running.
A little nearer to reality, but only just, was the €48,000 paid for this Leica M262 RED camera and 50mm Apo-Summicron RED prototype. A second RED Apo-Summicron (below), one of the 100 production lenses released in 2016, fetched an even more remarkable €54,000.