At the Westlicht camera auction earlier today, wealthy Leica collectors vied to set price records for series production cameras.
With a price of 1,680,000 Euro the legendary M3D (opening bid: 150,000 Euros) [top] owned by the LIFE photographer and Picasso intimate David Douglas Duncan is the most expensive camera from a serial production ever.
It is the second-highest price ever paid for a camera.
The gold-plated 'Luxus' Leica [lower right], dated 1929, sold for 1,020,000 Euro (opening bid: 70,000 Euro), [and] was the second most expensive camera of the auction.
The very first serial-production M3 (1953, serial number 700001) [lower left], formerly owned by Willi Stein, chief engineer of Leitz, was sold at a top price of 900,000 Euro (opening bid: 80,000 Euro).
Funny, but if I owned these they'd just sit on the shelf. Rimshot!
(Thanks to Kevin Purcell)
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MB: "Do those prices include the lenses? What about shipping? Paypal fees? So many unanswered questions!"
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