World's Most Expensive Camera: Meet the 1923 Leica With 0 MP [PHOTOS]

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  • World’s Most Expensive Camera: Meet the 1923 Leica With 0 MP [PHOTOS]
    A former employee of a Leica shop Rupert Eder poses with a Leica 0 series camera in Westlicht gallery in Vienna May 11, 2012. The Leica camera, number 116, was built in 1923 as part of a pilot series of 25 cameras and was sold for the world record price of 2,160,000 Euros ($2,789,796) at the Westlicht camera auction on May 12, 2012.
  • World’s Most Expensive Camera: Meet the 1923 Leica With 0 MP [PHOTOS]
    A Leica 0 series camera, number 116, is seen on a shelf in Westlicht gallery in Vienna May 11, 2012. The Leica camera, number 116, was built in 1923 as part of a pilot series of 25 cameras and was sold for the world record price of 2,160,000 Euros ($2,789,796) at the Westlicht camera auction on May 12, 2012.
  • World’s Most Expensive Camera: Meet the 1923 Leica With 0 MP [PHOTOS]
    A former employee of a Leica shop Rupert Eder displays a Leica 0 series camera in Westlicht gallery in Vienna May 11, 2012. The Leica camera, number 116, was built in 1923 as part of a pilot series of 25 cameras and was sold for the world record price of 2,160,000 Euros ($2,789,796) at the Westlicht camera auction on May 12, 2012. Picture taken May 11, 2012.
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State-of-the-art cameras don't come cheap, but the world's most expensive camera--auctioned for 2.16 million Euros-- doesn't even have a single megapixel.  

The rare 1923 Leica vintage camera was sold in Vienna over the weekend, becoming the most expensive camera ever sold. In 2007, a similar Leica o-series was sold for $430,000 and last year one sold for $1.7 million. 

The camera, which was bought by an anonymous buyer, is one of 25 prototypes of the Leica O-series; only half of them have been preserved and this particular version still works, according to the Daily Mail. The German camera maker  is one of the most reputable camera brands in the world, but even its most powerful machine, which shoots up to a 100 frames per second, doesn't come close to the value of the vintage 1923 camera. 

The limited edition M9-P, which heralds 18-megapixels an aluminum finish and white leather, is selling in Japan for $31,700, according to tecca.com. 

The previous world record price for a camera was £732,000 for a daguerreotype, the Daily Mail reports. 

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