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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Picasso Photographer's Camera
Picasso photographer's camera sold for record £1.36m
Lecia belonging to US photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, who documented life of the Pablo Picasso, sets world record
The 1995 Lecia M3D camera owned by Pablo Picasso"s friend and former Life magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan, which was sold in Vienna for a recored £1.36m. Photograph: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images
Pablo Picasso the Spanish Artist who's life was documented by his close friend, David Douglas Duncan, who recently sold the camera that he used to do so for a record €1.7m (£1.4m) in Vienna.
The Lecia M3D, which had obtained an opening bid of €150,000, belonged to the former Life magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan. The 96-year-old photojournalist was a close friend of Picasso and published hundreds of exclusive photos of him.
The camera being manufactured in 1955 it is one of four ever made, and the price set a world recored for a commercially produced camera. It is the second highest price paid for any camera after a Leica 0-Series was sold for €2.2m last May.
In Vienna the Westlicht gallery said the second-highest price in the sale, held on Saturday, was for a gold-plated Lecia in 1929, which sold for €1m. A third, the first serial-production M3, sold for €900,000.
If you would like to read the actual article visit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/nov/26/picasso-photographer-camera-record