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A rare Leica camera was sold at an auction in Wetzlar. The price: 14.4 million euros. This makes it the most expensive camera in the world. Their value had previously been estimated at between two and three million euros.

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Leica camera auctioned for € 14.4 million


The camera with the number 105 of the prototype series, which includes only a few examples, is almost 100 years old.

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A Leica camera was sold on Saturday at the 40th Leitz Photo Auction in Wetzlar for € 14.4 million. The organizer announced it. The camera thus achieved a record and is now regarded as the most expensive camera in the world.

The camera is from the 0 series. The camera with the number 105 is nearly 100 years old and one of the first 35mm cameras in the world. This is a prototype. Only 23 of these prototypes were likely made prior to the camera’s launch in the mid-1920s.

Famous previous owner

The camera was previously estimated to be worth between two and three million euros. The device once belonged to the famous inventor of the 35mm camera, Oskar Barnack. He had built the prototype of the 0 series shortly before the First World War. Barnack’s name is engraved on the top of the “105” viewfinder. Barnack captured the motifs of his family life with the camera.


Black and white photos.  A middle-aged man in an apron sits at a desk with cameras.

“It was therefore a particular pleasure for us to be able to auction Oskar Barnack’s personal camera as part of our Anniversary auction, a prototype of the generation of cameras that laid the foundation for modern photography. in the mid-1920s, “Leica Camera Classics CEO Alexander Sedlak said with. The immaterial value of the camera goes far beyond the sum of € 14.4 million. It is not known who bought them.

Old record: 2.4 million euros

The most expensive camera to date was # 122 in the 0 series, which reportedly sold at the 32nd Leitz Photo Auction in 2018 for € 2.4 million. The auction, which takes place twice a year, is considered to be the largest auction in the world of vintage cameras and optical equipment.

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