Collector pays record sum for a Leica MP black paint at the 35th Leitz Photographica Auction

The now 35th camera auction held by the auction house Leitz Photographica Auction in Vienna registered numerous top auction results.

The ‘magic’ price barrier of one million euros was broken again at the auction on 23 November 2019: With a price of 1,020,000 euros incl. buyer’s premium, the absolute highlight of the auction was a Leica MP black paint No. 2. The Leica MP No. 2 is the second Leica MP ever built and the first to be finished in black paint. The Leica MP was launched at the photokina show in Cologne in 1956. With a total production of 412 examples (including 141 in black paint), the Leica MP is one of the rarest Leica models of all.

For the first time, the proceeds of the sale of one particular lot were donated to a charitable organisation. Lot 108, a Leica M2 black paint, changed hands for an impressive 9,000 euros incl. buyer’s premium. The entire sum will be donated to the Austrian branch of the charity Caritas for its ‘Canisibus’ project – mobile soup kitchens that provide hot soup and bread for homeless persons.

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