VIENNA May 13 A rare 1923 Leica went for 2.16
million euros ($2.8 million) at an auction in Vienna at the
weekend, making it the most expensive camera ever sold, the
An anonymous buyer won the bidding battle for the German
camera, which still works and is one of around 25 test versions
of Leica 0-Series cameras produced in 1923, two years before the
start of serial production. Only half of them have been
Including the buyer's premium, the price paid at the
WestLicht auction on Saturday was more than seven times the
starting price of 300,000 euros, WestLicht said.
It did not identify the previous owner, who it said was a
private collector in Europe.
A different Leica 0-series sold in November 2007 for 336,000
euros at auction, and then again in May 2011 for 1.32 million
euros including the buyer's premium, WestLicht said.
($1 = 0.7726 euros)
(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)