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Just as when you thought the world's first commercially produced camera, a daguerreotype, dating from 1839 and bearing the rare signature of its French inventor which sold at auction in Vienna last year for a record 732,000 Euros could not be broken, well think again!

An Asian collector has splashed out more than 1.3 million Euros (or USD $1.9 million), via telephone bid, for a rare Leica no. 7 in an auction held at Vienna’s Westlicht gallery, making it the most expensive camera in the world. 

The Leica from 1932 is the seventh model of a 25-part test series of cameras produced two years before they were officially released on the market. Organisers hoped the camera – described as the Rolls-Royce among cameras – might go for around 400,000 Euros. The bidding for the camera started at $286,360 and went on for 20 minutes before the auctioneer declared it sold.

No, it wasn't me as my absentee bid was outbid by a few Euros. I'm still looking for that Chinese vase in my loft ......

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