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Leica camera snapped up for €1.6m in Vienna sale

A Leica M3D camera dated 1955 owned by ‘Life’ magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan is sold for €1.4 million during an auction of antique cameras on November 24, 2012 at the Westlicht photo-gallery in Vienna. The complete prize with the customers fees is €1.68 million. – AFP picA Leica M3D camera dated 1955 owned by ‘Life’ magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan is sold for €1.4 million during an auction of antique cameras on November 24, 2012 at the Westlicht photo-gallery in Vienna. The complete prize with the customers fees is €1.68 million. – AFP picVIENNA, Nov 26 – A custom-built Leica camera that once belonged to influential American photographer David Douglas Duncan fetched more than €1.6 million (RM6.34 million) at a Vienna auction on Saturday.

Duncan used the 1955 black M3D Leica when he worked for Life magazine. The final sale including fees was €1.68 million.

Leica built the camera specially for Duncan, according to the Westlicht photo gallery, which ran the auction in the Austrian capital.

Its estimate had been between €250,000 and €300,000.

Duncan is best known for his combat photos, including pictures taken during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and his close friendship with Pablo Picasso.

Saturday’s sale also included thousands of NASA vintage photographs and slides that went for €200,000.

Another batch of photographs of Russia’s space exploration was sold for €60,000. – AFP/Relaxnews

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