We’ve seen our share of expensive cameras. The Phantom v1610, for instance, is capable of shooting 1 million frames per second — a feat that will cost you $100,000. But that’s a veritable bargain compared to this 1923 Leica camera that just sold at auction for 2.16 million euros ($2.8 million), an absolute record.
German camera-maker Leica is one of the most famous names in high-quality cameras. A new Leica can run you as much as $31,700. But this 1923 0-series Leica is a piece of camera history, one from the first batch of 31 cameras the company ever created. Only about 12 are known to still exist; fewer still are in such a pristine condition. That means this camera can command top dollar — or, in this case, top euro.
The camera was purchased by an anonymous European buyer. In 2007, a similar Leica 0-series sold for $430,000; in 2011 one sold for $1.7 million. Given the rapid increase of price in these cameras, we think we’ll keep using Instagram to take our hipster-quality photos, thank you very much.
- Prototype Leica Camera Fetches $2.77Mn (socialbarrel.com)
- Rare 1923 Leica camera is the most expensive at $2.8 million (bornrich.com)
- Rare 1923 Leica Camera Auctioned for € 2.16 Million: Record for Most Expensive Ever (ibtimes.com)
- Vintage Leica sold for $2.79m, breaking the world record for the most expensive camera (thenextweb.com)
- Watch How the $2.79 Million Leica Camera Auction This Past Weekend Went Down (petapixel.com)
- 0-Series Leica is most expensive camera in the world (ubergizmo.com)
- Rare Leica snapped up for record price (radionz.co.nz)
- Leica camera auctioned in Austria for record $2.8 mln (vancouverdesi.com)
- Leica camera fetches 2.16m euros at auction (oxfordschoolofphotography.wordpress.com)
- Vintage Leica Becomes The Worlds Most Expensive Camera, Sells for $2.79m (geeky-gadgets.com)