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    £1.4 ($2.19) million for a production Leica

    The BBC ran a story this evening on the radio about the £1.4 million paid today at auction for a Leica M3D, the record for a production camera higher prices have been paid for prototypes. The D just signifies it was one of 4 supplied to David Douglas Duncan a Life magazine photographer who was also interviewed aged 96 .

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    There really is something visceral about cameras, perhaps, which guarantees the future value for some of them (assuming tastes do not change).

    In the 60s, the IBM Selectric typewriter was going for USD 1000. Who, today, would 'pay' more than USD 20? Really, to some, the camera is an extension of the body and a cherished one at that. There can be no other reason for the 'unwarranted' price. - David Lyga

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    This takes fetishism, and reliquary to a new level.
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    There's a Discworld novel where a character attempts to take over the leadership of Ankh-Morpork (a city state) by wearing the same boots, clothing, even the same ring as the Patrician. Funnily enough none of it makes him the Patrician...
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    I must state, Ben, that 'reliquary' is a most relevant word here. For some, the new 'God'. - David Lyga

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    I think there are too many people loves Leica seriously , very very seriously. I would prefer to donate this money to Leica to open their glass research lab again or give the money to an old lens designer to write a book about how leica design a lens and glass. That would be the greatest gift about being Leica Fan. Other wise , giving it to camera dont excite me.

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    While I'd love to have a Leica someday there is no way, even if I had Bill Gates $$$$ I'd pay that much for a camera....does it really take 10000x better pictures than any of the used cameras we bought for < $100 off the bay?

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    Its like giving money to single Van Gogh painting 2 million dollars and to others , 400 dollars. Thats not make sense. Leica is good but not an Roman Glass Vase even they are cheap at the market.

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    This particularly Leica has a provenance, as one of 4 made for a specific photography, that's important to some collectors.

    It's not quite in the same league as Neil Young playing Hank Williams old guitar


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    Legendary camera example used by a legendary photographer.
    Very low cost of ownership.

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