VIENNA (AP) – An Austrian auction house says an 88-year-old Leica camera has sold for a record 1.3 million euros ($1.9 million).
WestLicht says the rare camera is part of a small series dating back to 1923 and was valued at up to 450,000 euros ($643,640).
It says the camera, which had a starting price of 200,000 euros ($286,000), went to a private Asian collector after a tense, 20-minute bidding process.
WestLicht claims Saturday’s auction makes the early Leica the most expensive camera ever sold.
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