5 Absurdly Luxurious Special Edition Leica Cameras
If Leica wasn't already the pinnacle of luxury digital and film cameras, here's a set of special edition Leica cameras that will leave you checking the blue book value on your car. Enjoy!
Leica M Edition 60 $18,500
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of this legendary camera, Leica Camera presents a commemorative limited edition: the Leica M Edition 60. The set consists of a Leica M-P digital camera (Type 240) and the fast Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both in special versions created by Audi Design that pay homage to the essence of photography and carry it back to its origins. [#]
Leica M-P Correspondent by Lenny Kravitz $24,500
This set was designed in collaboration with recording artist, Lenny Kravitz. Presented in a handmade classic case, the set comprises of a Leica M-P, Leica Summicron-M 35mm/f2 ASPH and Leica Summilux-M 50mm/f1.4 ASPH.
The collaboration with Lenny Kravitz was born out of the artist’s passion for photography. The first camera Kravitz used was his father’s Leicaflex which he received at age 21, as a gift from his father.
The distinctive design of the Leica M-P Correspondent is reminiscent of a beautifully aged Leicaflex. The finish of each camera and lens is individually handcrafted with the edges displaying a patina similar to equipment which has seen years of constant use.
Leica M6 Gold Edition Sambutan Jubli Perak $27,114
25th Anniversary of accession to the throne of Sultan of Brunei, 1992
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of accession to the throne of Sultan of Brunei on 1st October 1992, the royal family ordered 350 sets of gold plated Leica M6 Sambutan Jubli Perak. The national totem of Sultan engraved on the top plate and “Sambutan Jubli Perak” engraved at the back. The camera is decorated with black leather embossed ornamentation. The camera comes with Summilux-M 1.4/50mm lens in gold, engraved "Sambutan Jubli Perak 5 Oct 92". The commemorative number is HB-230. This set comes with packing, wooden box, hood and hood cap, body cap, lens rear cap, cleansing cloth, strap. [#]
Leica MP Gold 60 Years People’s Republic of China Set $49,995
Sixty of these MP gold sets were made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in 2009. The body, #3831507, is gold plated and covered in red calf's skin. The lens is the 50mm1.4 Asph, #4073368. This set does not have the edition number. This is not uncommon in special editions for Leica to produce a few units as production samples, which are outside of the numbering of the edition. We have seen this with the current M60, the M9-P Hermes and the Paul Smith X2, just to name a few. This one comes with the lens, cap and display box. There is no outer box or paperwork present. The camera has seen very slight use as there is evidence of the mounting of a strap on the camera. This is a very rare and uncommon camera to see, especially here in the USA! [#]
Leica M9-P Edition Hermès $50,000
The highlight of the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès” is the “Veau Swift” calfskin leather in “ocre,” supplied by Hermès for the leathering of the silver-chromed version of the Leica M9-P camera.
This extremely fine and supple leather is applied not only to the camera body, but is also used for the shoulder strap included in the set. The camera also sports a special design, created in collaboration with the automotive designer Walter de’Silva.
Furthermore, various features of the camera body have been redesigned, including the top deck, the base plate, the shutter speed dial, the multifunction wheel and the shutter release. These details distinguish the cameras from the standard version of the Leica M9-P and emphasize the unique status of the limited edition. In addition to a dedicated serial number, each camera also bears one of a series of consecutive limited-edition numbers.