Leica MP sells for record $1.13 million; Leica Gun Rifle sells for $293,000

Leica MP sells for record $1.13 million; Leica Gun Rifle sells for $293,000
(Image credit: Leitz Photographica Auction)

One of the rarest Leica cameras in the world has sold for a record sum, breaking the "magic price barrier" of one million euros for only the second time at the 35th Leitz Photographica Auction in Vienna. 

The Leica MP black paint No. 2 was sold for an astonishing €1.02 million (US$1.13 million / £861,233 / AU$1.66 million). It was described by Leitz as "one of the most important Leica cameras made. And probably the one that started the trend of black paint M cameras being used by professionals and loved by collectors nowadays."

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James Artaius

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.