David Douglas Duncan's M3D had an opening bid price of €150,000, but went on to fetch €1,680,000, becoming the most expensive camera from a serial production ever sold. It is also the second-highest price ever paid for a camera, says WestLicht, which organised the auction on 24 November.
Last May, a Leica 0-Series achieved a sale price of €2,160,000.
At the auction, a gold-plated Luxus Leica camera sold for €1,020,000, while the first serial-production M3, formerly owned by Willi Stein, chief engineer of Leitz, fetched €900,000.
"These three cameras are therefore the most expensive cameras produced in a series ever sold," claims WestLicht. "The camera that sold for €2,160,000 at the WestLicht auction in May was a prototype."
Also sold on 24 November were three Leica MP cameras owned by Magnum photographer Paul Fusco. They fetched €858,000, while the first Leica owned by Robert Capa was sold for €78,000.
"Altogether, 92 percent of the camera lots were sold, and the total volume of sales was €8,240,000," says WestLicht.
All images courtesy of WestLicht.
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