21st WestLicht Photographica Auction
All expectations of the 21st WestLicht camera auction were exceeded: For the 5th time the world record for the most expensive camera ever sold was broken at a WestLicht auction in Vienna with a winning bid of 2,160,000,- EUR including buyer’s premium.
The third of the 629 lots to be auctioned, with a starting price of 300,000 EUR was an extremely rare exemplar of the Leica 0-Series, a test camera from the year 1923.
Over 200 lots set new standards for a photography auction in Austria with their quality and with their results.
The top lot offered in the photography auction was a daguerreotype (Lot 1004) in full format, and of museum quality, which climbed from a starting price of 90,000 EUR to a total sale of 228,000 EUR. The daguerreotype shows the Marché des Innocents in Paris, is dated around 1855 and is ascribed to the diplomat Baron Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros, a pioneer of the procedure.