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Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, May 31, 2011.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The Leica O-series model pictured below recently sold at the Westerlicht auctions in Vienna, Austria for the highest price ever paid for a camera:

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    This 1923 predecessor of the Leica 1, described as "98% mintish with a few rub marks", fetched an astonishing €1.32 million (£1.15m, $1.9M).

    According to those present, bidding exploded past the pre-auction estimate when word broke out that the item being auctioned was one of the world's first "full frame" cameras.
     
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  2. BBW

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    Jul 7, 2010
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    I need a jaw dropping emoticon!
     
  3. BBW

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    Yeah, I figured about the "mintish".
     
  4. Streetshooter

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    Geeze, it's not even 6mp. No EVF...
    Sheesh
     
  5. BBW

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    Any firmware updates on this one? Sorry, just had to.
     
  6. ZDP-189

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    I'm not saying that's the case, but that would be an effective way to launder $1.9 million dollars and make money in the process. The evil-doer could buy it for something like $400k, shill it up and sell it to himself for nearly $2 million, then a year later sell it on again. It should be no problem to get back the original $400k plus commissions, as the higher market price of $1.9 million has now been established at auction. The evil-doer could even make a huge profit!
     
  7. BillN

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    The FED just printed another US$2 million and bought it - easy for them - if they want something just print the money
     
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  9. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    So I am guessing that The Black Leica III with Nickel Elmar was a comparative bargain at $15 from Mom's antiques. Maybe the $15 chrome Leica IIIa with Summar was overpriced?
     
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  10. ZDP-189

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