Us regular mortals may find spending $1000 for a camera rather luxurious but for those who have lots of moolah in the bank, that’s nothing. As the year comes to a close, let us reminisce one of the most historic stories regarding cameras in general. Yes, the NASA photography article surely awed us one way or the other but this year’s most memorable story about cameras happened early this year.
Do you remember that old Leica that was sold for 1.3 million Euros? The Leica 0-Serie Nr.107 fetched this amount at an auction. The antique camera was made in the early 20s and is one of the 25 Leicas made that time.
Truly a beauty, the camera was bought by an Asian collector who decided that the Leica is worth more than its projected price. The buyer had to make what one would cal a split second decision since the auction for this item only lasted for 2 minutes.
Many people think that Hasselblads are quite expensive but the Leica is definitely something else. According to reports, the very camera that was on auction was one of the very first Leicas to be exported to New York City in the year 1923 making it a very special camera because of its history.
The Leica brand is a German optics company that started as early as 1913. Although the cameras were not yet for sale at the time since Oskar Barnack only built the first prototypes for the very first Leicas in that year, many were awed at the technology that Barnack used. The camera was intended for landscape photography to be used for mountain trips.
The first prototypes went through several iterations of course by 1923, Barnack told his boss Ernst Leitz II to manufacture a pre-production series.
Photo via technabob.com
 The auction house expected that they will be able to sell the antique camera between $500, 000 and $650, 000.