Leica 0-series 107, 1923

Leica 0-series 107, 1923
Leica 0-series 107, 1923 — Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica

This is the 7th Leica camera of the Leica 0-series with serial number 107, which got sold at Westlicht auction on may 2011 for € 1.320.000. Only approx. 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. The camera is in excellent and fully working condition, all parts including the paintwork are original, though the camera was published years ago without lens and leather covering. The original Leica 0-series lens and the contemporary Leitz leather have been mounted by Ottmar Michealy in Wetzlar, the folding finder has been replaced by the later Galilean finder as usual. It is the only camera known with 'Germany' engraving on the top plate. The factory record indicates delivery to New York for patent applies. This means that this camera is not only one of the major rarities existing, it is also the first Leica being exported. This is the second 0-series Leica ever being offered in a public auction and the unique chance to buy the most important collectible Leica camera.

The Leica 0-series 116, 1923 sold in the May 2012 WestLicht Photographica Auction for € 2.160.000.

The Leica 0-series 122, 1923 sold at the 32nd WestLicht Camera Auction, 10 March 2018 for € 2.400.000 (2 million Euro hammer price plus premium)!