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Rare Leica camera sells for $2 million
VIENNA, Austria -- An Austrian photo gallery says a camera used by a photographer who documented the life of artist Pablo Picasso has sold for a world record price of Ç¨1.68 million (US$2.19 million).
The Westlicht gallery says the Leica m3d belonged to David Douglas Duncan. The 96-year-old former photographer for LIFE magazine was a close friend of Picasso and published hundreds of exclusive photos of him.
Manufactured in 1955, the camera is one of four ever made, and the price is a world record for a commercially produced camera.
In a statement Monday, Westlicht says the second-highest price in the Saturday's sale was for a gold-plated Leica made in 1929, which sold for Ç¨1.02 million ($1.3 million).
-- The Associated Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 27, 2012 C2
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