A Leica Series 0 from 1923 achieved a new bidders record at an auction in Vienna on 12th May, 2012: The camera had been expected to sell for around 600,000 to 800,000 Euro at the WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, but ended up selling for a record 2.16 million Euro (nearly 3 million US Dollar). For the 5th time the world record for the most expensive camera ever sold was broken at a WestLicht auction in Vienna.

The Leica 0-Series camera was sold after a furious bidding war with hopeful buyers placing bids via the phone, the internet and in the auction room itself. Only 25 of the cameras were produced in 1923 as test pieces for the 35mm film market. Only 12 of the cameras are now known to have survived. (source: +, +, +)

See a video of the auction here. If you should wonder why the highest bid was 1.8 and not 2.16 million Euro: this is without taxes (you have to add 20%).

Another camera that is collecting dust in a collector’s home?