At the WestLicht Photgraphica auction in Vienna, a Leica 0-Series was sold for a record-breaking amount. The bid began at 300,000 euros and was expected to fetch a handsome sum of 600,000 to 800,000 euros (US$791,000 to US$1.05 million). But by the time the auction ended, an anonymous bidder paid €2.16 million, or US$2.8 million, not including the buyer’s premium.
The camera is one of 25 produced in 1923 by Leica. The 0-Series cameras were made to test the market before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The model sold is in full-working condition with original parts and paintwork.