Leitz Photographica Auction - The Auction House


In November 2018, WestLicht Photographica Auction, which has become the biggest auction house for cameras in the world, was renamed to Leitz Photographica Auction. In future, under the prestigious, historically renowned name we will combine the established, highly experienced and successfull Vienna Auction team with  the expertise of the globally active and networked company Leica Camera AG.

We are continuing our efforts to search for the most beautiful and rare pieces for you. Our international network of dealers and collectors enables us to offer you the most interesting and sought after pieces of camera history. More than 22.000 lots were sold to aficionados and collectors in the past 33 Camera Auctions.

An excerpt from our highlights:

With the new world record price of 2.4 million Euro (2 million hammer price plus premium) the Leica 0 series no. 122 is the World's most expensive camera to date, sold in March 2018. In May 2012 another extremly rare 0 series Leica was sold for 2,160,000 Euro at the 21st WestLicht Camera auction in May 2012.

In the 22nd Camera Auction in November 2012 the legendary M3D owned by the LIFE photographer and Picasso intimate David Douglas Duncan was sold for price of 1,680,000 Euro (opening bid: 150,000 Euros) and became the most expensive camera from a serial production ever. It is the second-highest price ever paid for a camera!

The gold-plated ‘Luxus’ Leica, dated 1929 sold for 1,020,000 Euro (opening bid: 70,000 Euro), was the second most expensive camera of the auction.

The very first serial-production M3 (1953, serial number 700001), formerly owned by Willi Stein, chief engineer of Leitz, was sold at a top price of 900,000 Euro (opening bid: 80,000 Euro)

These three cameras are therefore the most expensive cameras from serial production, ever sold.  The 0 series Leica sold for 2,160,000 Euro at the 21st WestLicht Camera auction in May 2012 was a prototype.

We are always accepting unique high quality pieces or complete collections for our next auctions. Here you can find further information on the consignment of lots.