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‘Record’ £1.4m Leica goes to mystery buyer

November 28, 2012

The 1955 ‘black paint’ M3D camera was owned by David Douglas Duncan, an American photographer whose subjects included the artist Picasso.

The M3D was a forerunner of the Leica MP.

One of only four such models ever made, it bowed out to an ‘anonymous private collector’ for €1.68m at the WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna.

The camera is the most expensive camera ‘from a serial production’, and attracted the second highest price ever paid for a camera, say auctioneers.  

Earlier this year, a rare Leica camera that predated the mass-produced 35mm stills camera in 1925, sold for more than £1.7m – setting a new world record.

The Leica O-Series model – one of just over 20 ever made – raised €2,160,000 at the Westlicht auction in Vienna, Austria in May.

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