WestLicht

Leica 0-Series - World’s Most Expensive Camera

This beautiful vintage camera is currently the world’s most expensive camera. The 21st WestLicht camera auction in Vienna on Saturday (05-12-2012) sets new record. The auction started at a price of 300,000 EUR and the winning bid for the prototype of the 1923 Leica 0-series was 2.16 million EUR including buyer’s premium (it’s about US$2.79 million).

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Rare Leica, Nikon, and Rolleiflex Among the Highlights of 23rd WestLicht Photographica Camera Auction

Hardcore camera collectors and film photography enthusiasts are in for a treat in the upcoming WestLicht Photographica Camera Auction in Vienna. The auction house has recently provided a quick glimpse of the beautiful cameras that will be up for grabs during the event. Find out more after the jump!

Polaroids im WestLICHT

"Können wir noch irgendwo einen Polaroid Film kaufen" fragt mich mein Freund C. - im Juni 2011. Und dann muss ich auch noch mit von der Hitze zerflossenem Make up vor einer weißen Wand posieren, während er glücklich den teuren Film verknipst. 

Aber lustig sind sie ja schon und auch  gleich fertig und sogar - ist ja nicht selbstverständlich in unserer Digitalen Welt - zum angreifen. Und wahrscheinlich erleben sie ein richtiges Comeback. 

Später war ich dann auch, ebenfalls mit meinem Freund C. in der Polaroid (im)possible- Ausstellung im Westlicht, ein kleiner und feiner Ausstellungsraum für Photographie in Wien. Und siehe da auch Nouyoshi Araki, Helmut Newton und Lady Gaga griffen in jüngster Zeit zur Polaroid Kamera bzw. stellten sich vor sie. 

Die Ausstellung bietet aber auch Polaroids, praktisch von den Anfängen in den 60er und verschiedenste Formate, (bis zu 50 x 60) und vor allem verschiedenste kreative Wege mit diesem Medium/Gerät zu arbeiten. Für Photographie affine ist ein Nicht-Besuch sowieso ausgeschlossen aber die Ausstellung ist auch was für Leute, die sich nicht stundenlang im Museumsshop an Foto Büchern kleben. Selbst für weniger Kunst Interessierte ist einiges dabei. 

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Westlicht Auction’s 22nd Camera Sale in Vienna, 24 November 2012

On that same day, photographer Blake Andrews, a member of the In-Public street photography collective, posted a series of pictures of his own battered Leica M6 (with Summicron-C 40mm).

"What’s interesting is that many of the cameras sold for extremely high prices were extremely well-worn.” (PetaPixel.com)

With a price of €1.68 million, or roughly $2.18 million, the legendary Leica M3D Black Paint (with black Leicavit and Summilux 1.4/50mm with special focusing lever) became the most expensive camera from a serial production ever. It is the second-highest price ever paid for a camera. Last May, a 1923 Oskar Barnack prototype Leica O-Series camera (only 12 of the 25 ever made exist today) became the most expensive camera on the planet after being sold for roughly €2.16 million at a WestLicht auction.
The 1955 camera, a forerunner of all MP cameras, was one of four that was specially customized by Leitz for American LIFE photojournalist and Picasso intimate David Douglas Duncan (currently 96 years old). The camera is complete with special crank on rewind knob and Duncan’s original strap

The first Leica I(A) “Luxus” gold plated camera and lizard skin body (with 50mm f3.5 Elmar) dated 1929 was sold for €1.020.000, making it the second most expensive camera of the auction. Only 95 of this Leica models were produced between 1929 and 1931.

The very first serial-production Leica M3 ever made in 1953 (engraved with the serial number 700001) was sold at a top price of €900,000 or roughly $1.17 million. It was never sold to the public, but was instead kept by Leica’s chief designer of Leitz at the time, Willi Stein. The camera is in “near mint condition”. 

These three cameras are therefore the most expensive cameras produced in a series, ever sold.

The three Leica MP cameras of the Magnum photographer Paul Fusco achieved sensational 858,000 Euro.

The first Leica II(D) (with a Elmarit 2.8/28mm) (1930) owned by the famous Magnum co-founder Robert Capa was worth 78,000 Euro to a collector.

At the accompanying Photography Auction Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare (Lot 1092) also proved itself a coveted collector’s item: opening at €7,000, it finished at €12,600.