You probably recall that I posted some pictures from the Westlicht Auctions in Vienna, Austria the other day. (By the way, I have to apologize for that—I inadvertently grabbed some pictures from past auctions, not just the most recent one, which took place last December 4th. Sorry about that.) But do you recall a post from a bit longer ago—September 16th, to be exact—about a Leica that was expected to be rather absurdly pricey?
Go ahead, take a look at the link—I'll wait.
I was making a jokey reference the camera's €150,000–€180,000 pre-auction estimate.
Well, that very Leica, a 1958 black-paint MP2—the one pictured in that post—hammered on December 4th at Westlicht, reportedly to an Asian buyer, for—get this—FOUR HUNDRED AND TWO THOUSAND EUROS (right this moment, that's US$531,465, or £336,311), making it the most expensive Leica ever sold.
Wow. To quote an old friend, "That camera must take really, really, really great pictures!*"
(Thanks to Ernst Pendl)
*Incidentally, the lead picture in the post below this one was taken with a 35mm camera—a Zeiss Contax, and a 50mm lens. It's the most famous picture Adams ever took with a 35mm.
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Featured Comment by Jonathan Murray: "I was sitting in the room at the auction a couple of chairs over from one of the two bidders (one in the room, one on the phone) for this camera. Everyone in the room was holding their collective breath as the bidding blew past the pre-auction estimate...and just kept on going. The bidder on the phone won it and I have to say the bidder in the room looked quite relieved that he'd lost. It looked like he had bid way past the price he was comfortable with. There was a huge round of applause when he finally conceded to the phone bidder. Exciting stuff. :-) "