Only 25 Leica 0-Series cameras were produced in 1923 to test the market two years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. One will be up for auction later this year by WestLicht Photographica Auction, expected to fetch between 600,000 to 800,000 Euro, or about $791,000 to $1.05 million.
The model up for bid, No. 116, is in full working condition. The parts and paintwork are original, and the folding finder was replaced by a Galilean finder.
“The camera is one of the major rarities in camera history, Leica 0-series no.107 was sold in our 19th auction for a world-record price of Euro 1.320.000 including commission!” according to WestLicht.