The camera that sold for $2.8 million at an auction in Vienna was a 1923 Leica, which is a rare camera. The auctioneer said that the Leica was the most expensive camera that has ever been sold.
According to Reuters
, the German camera was bought by an anonymous buyer. The camera actually still works and is one of the test versions of the Leica 0-Series. The test version of the camera was made in 1923, which was two years before the serial production started.
According to the Huffington Post,
$386,000 was the starting bid. The bidding war quickly started and so did the bids. Before the Leica camera sold at the auction the most expensive camera that was ever sold ended up selling for $1.7 million.
According to BBC
, Leica was founded back in 1849. The company specialized in developing microscopes and lenses.
Leica is known for having collapsible lenses. It started to be sold in 1925 and within 7 years 90,000 Leica cameras were being used by people. The company remains one of the top camera manufacturers today.
The company, based in Solms, Germany, remains a leading camera manufacturer today.