The Leica M3 Chrome, serial number 1,000,000, was sold for 1,130,000 US dollars at the 24th WestLicht Auction in Vienna. One of a small number of official presentation cameras, it originally belonged to the Leica Museum.
The Leica IIIf, serial number 500,000, also sold for a record price of 360,000 Euros. Another highlight of the auction was a Leica I Mod. C Luxus, which went to a new owner for 504,000 Euros.
The total turnover of the 24th WestLicht Camera Auction was 6,726,060 Euros.
9th WestLicht Photo Auction
Works by some of the biggest names of photography achieved the highest results at this year's Photo Auction, with Henri Cartier-Bresson's Eunuch of the last Chinese Imperial Dynasty reaching a price of 31,200 Euros, Alfred Eisenstaedts Drum Major achieving 21,600 Euros, and Alexander Rodtschenko's Pioneer with Trumpet selling for 20,400 Euros.
"I am extremely pleased about the growing interest in photography among collectors. A large number of bidders from over 27 countries have made this evening into a success", says Peter Coeln, founder and owner of WestLicht and Leica Shop Vienna.
With a total turnover of 972,000 Euros, this has been the most successful WestLicht Photo Auction to date.