Auction sets world record as rare Leica camera sold in Hong Kong

Bonhams, one of the largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, has broken the auction world record for an Exceptional Leica Luxus 1 camera that sold for nearly $1 million in the first Leica sale in Hong Kong.

­The Luxus cameras were produced in small numbers on special order between 1929 and 1930, with serial numbers between 28692 and 68834. Only 95 units were produced, and far fewer are known to exist today.

The Leica auction, the first its kind in Hong Kong, saw strong results, with over 85 percent of its lots sold. The top item went for a staggering $968,000 – a world record for this particular rare Leica model.

One of the world's most influential photographers, French luminary Henri Cartier-Bresson, was among those who used Leica cameras throughout his legendary career.