Leica 0-series 116, 1923

Leica 0-series 116 camera, 1923 € 2.160.000

This was the most expensive Leica to date, sold in the May 2012 WestLicht Photographica Auction for € 2.160.000 with only approx. 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The camera is in excellent and fully working condition (a small missing piece of leather on the side has been replaced with contemporary vulcanite by Ottmar Michaely), all parts including the paintwork are original, with the matching lens cover, the folding finder has been replaced by the later Galilean finder as usual. The camera is one of the major rarities in camera history, Leica 0-series no.107 was sold in the 19th WestLicht Photographica Auction for a world-record price of Euro 1.320.000 including commission!

Leica 0-series 122, 1923 sold at the 32nd WestLicht Camera Auction, 10 March 2018 for 2.4 million Euro (2 million hammer price plus premium)!

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