Rare 'Fake Leica' Emerges on eBay, Listed for $100,000

Rare 'Fake Leica' Emerges on eBay, Listed for $100,000

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.

[via Phoblographer]

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Alex Cooke's picture

Wow, even slightly more expensive than the real thing!

You should do a little more research on the item before you post a story like this. It is not a new listing, it has been there for almost two years, they have a history page for the listing and the first revision to the listing was March 30, 2016 with the last revision on February 28, 2017. The previous auction was in 2013, a long time ago.

That thing is truly ugly.

Hans Rosemond's picture

I’m still trying to figure out why a real Leica goes for $7000.

Gabrielle Colton's picture

Man I love trinkets but only for $3 lolol