'Most expensive camera ever sold' is snapped-up for $1.9m in Vienna



2015-06-26 12:25:02

'Most expensive camera ever sold' is snapped-up for $1.9m in Vienna

Dated to 1923, this Leica 0-series shows that collectible cameras could be a hot market in 2011

Vienna auction house WestLicht reallycaptured the moment on May 28 with its 1.32m ($1.9m) sale of what is now the most expensive camera ever sold worldwide.

Around 721 lots went under the hammer at the sale, breaking many global records and becoming WestLicht's most successful camera auction so far.

Leading the sale (pre-emptively billed as Lot #1) was this extremely rareLeica of the 0-seriesfrom 1923.

Listed with a pre-sale estimate of 200,000, bidding on the camera lasted a whole 20 minutes before the shutter finally closed at an incredible 1.32m including premium.

 This rare Leica of the 0-series is now the most expensive camera ever sold worldwide

Interestingly, the Leica 0-seriessold to a private collector from Asia -making this thelatest in a line of World Record pricedsales which have been influenced by Asia's collectors.

Recent examples include a $65.5msale of a Qi Baishiartwork, a 1940's depiction of an eagle on a pine tree, which recently set a new World Record price for a contemporary Chinese painting.

Meanwhile, other highlights in WestLicht's camera auction included a Leica MP2in mint condition which appeared with a starting price of 70,000. It sold for528,000, including premium.

Alongside the most expensive camera ever sold worldwide, two of the most light sensitive lenses in camera history also went under the hammer - and were eventually snapped-up for tenfold their starting price.

Asia's buyers are holding increasing sway in the world's top auctions, from a $1.9m camera to the world's most coveted artworks...

A Carl Zeiss Super-Q-Gigantar 0,33/40mm sold for 60,000 above a 6,000 estimate. Also auctioned was a Carl Zeiss Planar 0,7/50mm which went from 9,000 to 90,000.

WestLicht's blockbuster sale offers a sign that rare and historic cameras could be a hot collecting niche in coming months - especially if Asia's buyers are getting involved.

Image: WestLicht

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