The Limited Edition 1923 Leica Camera Broke World’s Sales Record. Made by one of the world’s oldest photography brands, managed to pass the $2 million mark at auction.
Photographers who have at least owned an analog camera from Leica will appreciate the camera for its sleek appeal, optic lenses, and ergonomics. The cameras are crafted to fit perfectly in the hands of users to spontaneously capture every beautiful moment (that will soon belong to yesterday), offering the visual enjoyment of lasting value.
But the camera survived the pre-war period and managed to make it to the 21st century to be auctioned off. After a fairly intensive auction (Saturday in Vienna), the 1923 Leica camera was finally sold to an Asian bidder for a world record price of 2.4 million euros. An anonymous buyer won the bidding battle for the German camera, which still works.
The city’s Westlicht museum said the 1923 Leica was the “only three of the series that remained in their original condition.”
Pioneering photojournalists such as Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson were users of Leica, one of the world’s oldest photography brands. For example, the Hungarian photojournalist, Robert Capa achieved fame as a war photojournalist when he covered much of the heaviest fighting during world war II.
Though a minimum price had been set at $400,000, the Limited Edition Leica 0-series no. 122 belonging to the 25 series of prototypes made two years ago went through a ferocious bid due to its pristine condition. World-renowned German brand produces some of the best optics and high-end cameras today.