Toronto. The 32nd WestLicht auction ended March 10, 2018 and a null Leica (Leica-0 series) in great shape sold for nearly $3 million dollars US!
According to WestLicht, ” Only approximately 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, two years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The camera is in beautiful and fully working condition, all parts including the paintwork are original, with the matching lens cover and the original folding finder. The Leica 0-series is one of the major rarities in camera history – the camera no. 116 sold at WestLicht Auction in 2012 was the most expensive camera ever sold – this camera comes from the famous collection of Jim Jannard.”
Not too shabby for a little camera that has an f/3.5 fixed focus 5cm lens and a non-capping shutter! No slow speeds and roughly shutter speeds of 1/20th to 1/500th using a tiny rubber soaked fabric focal plane shutter with a variable slit width.