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17th WestLicht Photographica Auction

Sensational results at the 17th WestLicht Photographica Auction!

The WestLicht camera auction on the 29th of May 2010 ended with a sensation. Lot 544, a Daguerréotype Giroux from 1839, was sold for the unbelievable price of 732,000 Euros (incl. premiums) and is thus not only the first commercially produced camera but also the most expensive camera in the world. No less spectacular is the price achieved by the mercury box that goes with the Daguerreotype – the extremely rare accessory was sold for 144,600 Euros.

Good results were also registered by the rare Leica prototypes: the 0 series M3 in fantastic original condition changes hands at 156,000 Euros, the even rarer Leica H for 67,800 Euros and the very first version of the famous Stereo Elmar 3,5/3,5cm from 1940 was auctioned for 60,000 Euros.

The photo auction was also a great success: the most expensive lot was a movement study by Austrian photographer, Rudolf Koppitz , which had reached a sensational 40,800 Euros by the time the hammer fell. At 14,400 Euros, Nude Study XIX by Anton Josef Trčka (from 1926) also achieved a notable result.