This Leica costs $100,000 – and it’s not even a real camera

Jan 5, 2018

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This Leica costs $100,000 – and it’s not even a real camera

Jan 5, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I guess most of us expect the items with Leica’s logo to be expensive. But this “fake Leica” that doesn’t even take photos will surprise you with its price tag. It’s a stainless steel sculpture, a mash-up of several Leica models. It’s made by Chinese artist Liao Yibai and reaches whopping $99,995.

Netherlands-based camera store Leica Store Lisse posted a listing of this pricey “Fake Leica” on eBay. They note that it’s a “very rare and sold out edition” of the sculpture. It weighs about 40kg and it’s made out of stainless steel. It’s heavy, but it’s actually a smaller replica of an even larger sculpture. Liao Yibai created a huge, 350kg “Fake Leica,” also out of stainless steel.

According to Leica Rumors, the sculpture was based on several camera models, hence the name “Fake Leica.” The body is based on Leica M6 and M7, with some M9 design pieces on the back (LCD screen). The lens is a Summicron 50mm 1:2, 1953-1960 style. The amount of detail is striking and the sculpture looks truly wonderful, I must admit. But it still doesn’t take photos.

As Leica Store Lisse writes, the “Fake Leica” they’re selling is “your last chance to obtain a very rare art-piece which you’ll not see offered on e-Bay anymore once it has been sold.” A similar piece was sold at in November 2013 at Westlicht Auction for 96,000 euros (over $115,600). So, the last remaining one is actually a bargain.

[via The Phoblographer; image credits Leica Store Lisse]

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11 responses to “This Leica costs $100,000 – and it’s not even a real camera”

  1. Lorenzo Morgoni Avatar
    Lorenzo Morgoni

    Best buy ever, eh… ??

  2. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    Just why is it worth that?

  3. FairlyReasoner Avatar
    FairlyReasoner

    As always, it’s important to be able to distinguish between cost and worth.

  4. Casey Braunger Avatar
    Casey Braunger

    Looks like a melting piece of ice…

  5. Millard Trammell Avatar
    Millard Trammell

    for people with more money than talent…

  6. Jerry Daniel Padgett Avatar
    Jerry Daniel Padgett

    How much good working camera gear could you buy instead?

  7. Redowan Nafi Avatar
    Redowan Nafi

    Even their working cameras are PoS and they will try to make you feel good by feeding you bullshits about nostalgia, German engineering, durability and shits that dont have anything to do with superior photography. Get a d850 if you have the budget of a leica.

  8. Pierre Lagarde Avatar
    Pierre Lagarde

    Best camera in nowadays values of LEICA brand’s ranking : highest price for zero feature. :D

  9. Spam This Avatar
    Spam This

    It’s just another boring piece of “art” that isn’t really art and someone will pay it just as someone will make it for no other reason than to get people without that kind of money to moan and whinge. Too often the “art” business is rich people mocking and trolling everyone else. It has nothing to do with real art and artists. Chin scratchers that mince about asking “what is art” have a lot to answer for.

  10. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    …You can now get one on Ebay or Wish for $2.50 free shipping.

    1. John Beatty Avatar
      John Beatty

      Sarcastic post but please help support child labor in third world countries to have this.