This camera will sell for millions! Rare Leica 0-series goes up for auction

Leica 0-series no. 121
(Image credit: Weltzar Camera Auction)

Before Leica became the name in luxury cameras as it is today, the German power-house had to design the first-ever 35mm film camera. This first prototype camera was known as the Leica 0-Series, and only 22 to 25 cameras were made for testing purposes, of which 16 are known to exist worldwide today. 

Ernst Leitz II decided in 1924 to serial-produce these cameras designed by Oskar Barnack, and the rest as they say is history, hence why the prototype cameras are now worth a pretty penny, in fact, Oskar Barnack's own Leica 0-Series camera sold for an eye-watering US$15 million!

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.