The price of 2,400,000 Euro (including premium) was achieved by the Leica 0-series no. 122 at a WestLicht auction on March 10. Several collectors in the room and on the phone took part in the bidding and raised the starting price of 400,000 Euro to a result 6 times higher.
This exceptional price certainly also reflects the camera’s fantastic original condition. In 1923, two years before the first Leica was introduced to the market, Ernst Leitz produced 25 of this test camera, only three of which are known to still be in the original condition.
It is the highest price ever paid for a camera at an auction. The previous record holder, a Leica 0-series with no. 116, was also auctioned at WestLicht in 2012 for 2.16 million Euro. Thus the 10 most expensive cameras of all times were sold by WestLicht Auctions during the last several years.