Issue #139  1/3/2008
Westlicht Sets New Auction Record For Leica After Setting Record For Highest Priced Camera in May 2007

On November 17, 2007 the 12th WestLicht Photographica Auction ended with a sensation: the top lot of the auction, an 0-Series Leica No. 107 was sold for 336,000 euros (nearly $500,000), which was a new world auction record for a 35mm camera or a Leica.

By accepting the bid of a private European collector, the auctioneer turned a slender black camera into the most expensive 35mm camera and the second most expensive camera ever auctioned.

Only approximately 21 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, two years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The auctioned camera is the seventh camera of the Leica 0-series. The factory records indicate that the camera was sent to New York for patenting. This means that this camera is not only one of the major early Leica rarities still in existence, but it was also the first Leica to be exported.

The existing world record for a camera was also established by a WestLicht Photographica Auction: an 1839 daguerreotype camera by the Paris manufacturer Susse Frères, which was sold for 580,000 euros in May 2007.

All price quotes include auction charges. The next WestLicht Photographica Auction will take place in May 2008.