Auction house Leitz Photographica posted an unusual lot that can be purchased in June. This is a prototype Leica camera created by two designers: Mark Newson and former Apple chief designer Jony Ive.
The prototype was created in 2013. It is made of polished metal, the name of which has not been specified. Judging by the photographs, it easily collects fingerprints and scratches. I guess the camera can be scratched in the air, just like the famous Jet Black, the glossy color of the iPhone 7.
The camera was made in preparation for the one-of-a-kind Leica M (RED), which sold for a whopping $ 1.8 million in 2013:
Both the prototype and the final version are equipped with special versions of the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f / 2 ASPH lens in white aluminum. However, the Leica M (RED) also has the typical Leica designations for focal and hyperfocal distances, as well as aperture. These parameters are not indicated on the lens of the prototype.
It is not known whether this prototype can take photographs or whether its final goal will only be to stand on a shelf behind glass.
For an object, whose condition is estimated at 4–, they are going to bail out at least 200-250 thousand euros, but the starting price is 100 thousand euros.