Photography can be expensive. But do you have anything in your gear bag worth $99,995? A new eBay listing has popped up, listing a “Fake Leica” for that outlandish price.
Don’t get too excited, though. If you’re hoping it can help you produce some dreamy photos, you’re sadly mistaken. For, despite its near $100,000 price tag, the item is a piece of art.
Sculptured by Chinese Artist Liao Yibai, the stainless steel piece is being listed by the Leica Store Lissa, based in the Netherlands. Weighing in at 40 kg, the item measures 44.8 x 76.2 x 48.9 cm.
It’s clear from the images that great care has been taken to produce it. The lens and textured leather skin illustrate that intricate details have been paid attention to. Its design is mostly based on the M6 and M7, with the lens inspired by a Summicron 50mm 1.2.
The listing reports a similar model has previously sold at the Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna for an eye-watering $115,000. The shipping is a further $350, although I’m sure that’s spare change if you’re already forking out for this piece. Is it worth the asking price? If you’ve got a bit of pocket money, you can check out the listing here.
All images copyright Leica Store Lisse - Foto Henny Hoogeveen and used with permission.