Photography can be more likely considered as a luxurious hobby than a profession. There is always a price for every piece of equipment and the better one obviously costs much more. And since we are already under the digital era, we expect better products will cost more than the older ones. But then it is a different case when one of the oldest Leica cameras was just sold for 2.79 million dollars making a new world record for the most expensive camera in history.
Leica has made a prestigious reputation from Germany to the rest of the world when it comes to producing high quality cameras. The camera that was sold in the auction worth 2.79 million dollars or 2.16 million euros is a rare 1923 0-series Leica camera which is one among the 31 cameras ever produced. It is said that only 12 cameras of its kind remain today.
The rich buyer who bought the camera at the auction which was held in Vienna intends to stay anonymous. The same camera model was also auctioned last year and sold to a private Asian collector at 1.9 million dollars. The price for vintage cameras does seem to grow more expensive through the years.
Many show great passion in photography that they are willing to invest a fortune for the best equipment in the market. However, there are rich collectors out there who seem to be more interested in the exquisite historical pieces than the art itself.