Today at Westilicht Photographica Auctions a Leica 0-Serie
Nr.107 (1923) camera sold for 1.3 million EUR (1.9 million USD).
The opening bid was 200,000 EUR with an estimated price
of 350,000-450,000 EUR. AP reports that the camera went to a
“private Asian collector after a nailbiting, 20-minute bidding
process“. This is the camera description:
This is the 7th camera of the Leica 0-series. Only approximately 25 of these
cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the
commercial introduction of the Leica A. It is the only camera known with
“Germany” engraving on the top plate. The factory record indicates
delivery to New York for patent applies. This means that this camera is
not only one of the major existing rarities, it is also the first Leica
being exported. It is the unique chance to buy the most important
collectible Leica camera.