Early Leica sells for over Euro 1 million at auction

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  1. Trask

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    I just saw this on the French newspaper Le Figaro website. Pardon my own personal translation which follows!

    Un appareil Leica datant de 1923 a été vendu ce samedi aux enchères à Vienne pour la somme record de 1,32 million d'euros, devenant à la surprise générale l'appareil photo le plus cher au monde.__Sa valeur avait été estimée entre 350.000 et 450.000 euros avant la vente._L'acquéreur est un collectionneur privé d'origine asiatique, souhaitant conserver l'anonymat, a précisé la galerie viennoise Westlicht, l'une des plus réputées au monde, qui a organisé ces enchères.__Le Leica fait partie d'une série de quelque 25 prototypes fabriqués en 1923, soit deux ans avant la commercialisation de la célèbre marque allemande. Envoyé à New York pour être breveté, il avait été le premier Leica exporté.__Le précédent record de prix pour un appareil photo avait été atteint l'an passé par l'ancêtre de la photographie, un daguerréotype d'origine, daté de 1839 et portant la très rare signature de son inventeur, le Français Jacques Daguerre (1787-1851), selon la galerie Westlicht. L'appareil avait été adjugé pour 732.000 euros.

    A Leica camera manufactured in 1923 was sold Saturday at auction in Vienna for the record price of 1.32 million Euros, surprising everyone by becoming the most expensive camera in the world. Its value had been estimated at between Euro 350,000 and 450,000 prior to the auction. The purchaser was a private collector from Asia (literally, of Asian origin) who wishes to remain anonymous, reported the highly respected Vienna gallery Westlicht where the auction organized the auction. This Leica was one of a series of 25 prototypes built in 1923, two years before the commercialization of this famous German brand. Sent to New York to be patented, it was the first Leica to be exported. The previous record price for a camera was set last year by a precursor to photography (sic), an original daguerreotype camera dating to 1839 and bearing the rare signature of its inventor Frenchman Jacques Daguerre (1787-1851) according to the Westlicht gallery. That camera was valued at Euros 732,000.
     
  2. Jeff Kubach

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    That is sure is a lot of money for a camera!

    Jeff
     
  3. getalifeagain

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    Maybe this shall help Leica collectors/photographers.
     
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    To think that there are at least 2 people out there willing and able to spend that kind of money on a rare camera. Amazing.
     
  5. Michel Hardy-Vallée

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    Still cheaper than the most expensive photograph, though.