Extremely rare unopened military issue Leica KE-7A shows up on eBay for over $45,000

Jun 9, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Extremely rare unopened military issue Leica KE-7A shows up on eBay for over $45,000

Jun 9, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Brand new unopened cameras are not uncommon on eBay, and usually aren’t that big a deal, unless that camera is something like a military issue Leica Leitz KE-7A.  With a price tag of $45,300, it’s certainly aimed at a very special type of collector.

According to the eBay listing description, the Leica KE-7A was produced in both military and civilian models, but the military issues can be distinguished by having FSN (Federal Stock Number), Cont. (contract designation), and U.S. (United States) markings.

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With a mint condition Leica KE-7A with lens estimated to be worth around $20,000, according to CollectiBlend, other eBayers seem to be taking advantage of the exposure this rare individual is getting.  Another, opened, KE-7A with ELCAN 50mm f/2 is also up for sale on eBay priced at $24,223.

One commenter on photo.net suggested in 2006 that there were only 500 military KE-7A units sold to the US army, and that many were simply left unused and stored in warehouses, to be auctioned off in the 1990s.

With a camera that remains sealed and unopened within its original paper bag, and has no Leica branding, how does one prove it actually contains what they claim?  Well, they get an X-Ray, of course.

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While the seller highly advises against it, they are willing to open the bag to prove its contents for a non-refundable 5,000 Euro (approx $5,700) deposit.

I have to admit, even for that kind of deposit, with a $20-25K difference between the price of this listing, and opened copies of the same camera, the $5,700 really doesn’t seem worth the risk that they won’t buy it.

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It also strikes me as a little unusual that there are people out there willing to pay this kind of money to essentially put a paper bag on display on a shelf, although I do acknowledge those people exist.  But I also can’t imagine anybody buying this and immediately cutting its value in half by opening it, either.

Maybe it should be listed as Schrödinger’s camera.

If they were to open it, however, this is what they should expect to see inside.

Photo by The Leica Store Lisse
Photo by The Leica Store

Take a look at the listing on eBay for more information, but if you were hoping to apply for some PayPal credit, then I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.  Payment is only allowed via bank transfer, although it does come with free FedEx shipping.

What are your thoughts on this?  I know Leicas, especially rare ones can be ridiculously expensive, but I just can’t wrap my head around somebody possibly buying this to either open and immediately devalue or display as-is in a paper bag.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via Leica Rumors]

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4 responses to “Extremely rare unopened military issue Leica KE-7A shows up on eBay for over $45,000”

  1. Little Dick Asian Avatar
    Little Dick Asian

    you do know that some people actually bought artist SH*T for thousands of dollars?
    and i mean poop…

    Merda d’artista
    a tin was sold for €124,000 at Sotheby’s on May 23, 2007;[5] in October 2008 tin 83 was offered for sale at Sotheby’s with an estimate of £50–70,000. It sold for £97,250. On October 16, 2015, tin 54 was sold at Christies for £182,500. The tins were originally to be valued according to their equivalent weight in gold – $37 each in 1961 – with the price fluctuating according to the market.
    …..

    so the right 1%er will pay for this without a blink of an eye.

  2. Jon Ceballos Plus Avatar
    Jon Ceballos Plus

    Insane

  3. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
    TheInconvenientRuth

    1. Chris Rogers Avatar
      Chris Rogers

      Aww yisss I was expecting to see this lol.