Leica owned by Ernst Leitz II sells for $121,000

Ersnt Leitz Jr's personal Leica camera goes up for auction
(Image credit: Leitz Photographica Auction)

The personal camera owned by Ernst Leitz II, the man behind Leica, has sold at auction for €102,000 – approximately $121,000 / £88,000 / AU$162,000.

The Leica I Mod. A was potentially a Christmas present, received by Leitz on Christmas Eve 1924, and looks to be the first such camera to be delivered, as nobody else received theirs until at least February the following year. 

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.