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Rare Leica camera sells for $2 million

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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 Ǩ1.68 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 Ǩ1.02 million ($1.3 million).

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 27, 2012 C2

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