Quick News – You may recall about this time last year, a 1923 Leica O-Series, which happened to be one of only twelve in existence, set a world record for the most expensive camera at the 2011 WestLicht Photographica Auction held in Veinna, Austria. Fast forward nearly 365-days later, and the very same model (different serial number) which set the previous world record has done it again, fetching a new record-breaking total of $2.79 million at this year’s WestLicht auction.
Updated** 1923 Leica O-Series Re-Sets the World Record As Most Expensive Camera – Fetches $2.79 Million at Auction
Although it didn’t quite reach the $4,338,500 mark Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II fetched at auction, an image coined as the world’s most expensive photo, Canadian photographer Jeff Wall’s Dead Troops Talk (shown above) came pretty darn close this past Wednesday at Christie’s latest Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale.
William Eggleston Sued By Art Collector After Auctioning-Off $5.9 Million in Re-Prints of Historic Images
It has been almost a month since photographer William Eggleston’s 36 prints were auctioned off at Christie’s in New York City. At the beginning of February, we posted an article about the famed color photography contributor and stated that the auction was expected to take in more than $2.7 million in total auction revenue. Weeks have passed since the historic evening at the auction house and one New York art collector is not thrilled about the transactions that took place…
To the unsuspecting, the image above might seem like nothing more than what William Eggleston’s early critics deemed his work to be, “dismal figures inhabiting a commonplace world of little visual interest.” And in many regards that opinion might very well hold true to some. But it’s when you dive deeper into what exactly Eggleston’s contributions were to the growth of photography, that a better understanding of why many consider him a “living-legend” emerge.
More than three decades after the release of the original Star Wars, the Panavision PSR 35mm used as the film’s workhorse has just broken the record for “the highest priced motion picture camera ever sold,” fetching a cool $625,000 at auction.
There it is, (above) the record-breaking image that has taken the crown as world’s most expensive photo, eclipsing the previous mark handily. Andreas Gursky’s “Rhein II” took home an incredible $4,338,500 at the post-war and contemporary art auction at Christie’s on November 8th. Gursky’s photo dethroned Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96,” which sold for $3.89 million in May.
And you thought that Hasselblad H4D-60 was expensive? The Leica 0-series has just taken the crown for “The World’s Most Expensive Camera,” fetching an outstanding 1.89 million U.S dollars or 1.3 million euros respectively. The auctions description read:
“This is the 7th camera of the Leica 0-series. Only approximately 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market in 1923, 2 years before the commercial introduction of the Leica A. It is the only camera known with “Germany” engraving on the top plate. The factory record indicates delivery to New York for patent applies. This means that this camera is not only one of the major existing rarities, it is also the first Leica being exported. It is the unique chance to buy the most important collectible Leica camera.”
The Associated Press reports the camera “went to a private Asian collector after a nail biting, 20-minute bidding process.” The winning bid can be viewed in the attached video below.