Leica has introduced what is probably the most expensive Leica of all time. The camera is gold plated and comes with crocodile skin.
The all-gold variant.
The name Leica stands for camera history. The mostly high-priced models from Wetzlar should hardly interest occasional snappers, but are aimed at photography enthusiasts. But around $45,000 should be a lot of money even for this target group willing to pay.
Because Leica is probably asking around 45,000 dollars for its new version of the Leica M10 P. With this very special camera version, which was created together with the brewery Thai Beverage, Leica wants to honor the Thai king Maha Vajiralongkorn retrospectively for his coronation, like Photography Daily Theme writes .
All gold or with green crocodile leather
This special edition is available in two different variants: The yellow/gold-colored variant consists of a gold-plated camera housing with yellow/gold-colored crocodile leather and a gold-plated APO Summicron 50/2 ASPH lens and a Summilux 35/1.4 ASPH lens. Ten of these kits will be available.
This variant costs a little less. Still, it’s not a bargain.
The green kit consists of a gold-plated camera body with green crocodile skin and the gold APO Summicron 50/2 ASPH. 20 of these kits will be available. The cameras are delivered in expensive wooden boxes. The cameras also feature the royal coat of arms.
Leica has not yet revealed the prices for the two versions. However, Photography Daily Theme suggests that the green kit could cost around $30,000 and the yellow set around 50 percent more. That would land you roughly $45,000. All proceeds from the sale will benefit royal charities.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn is not without controversy. He is seen as authoritarian and anti-democratic. The king owns two villas in Upper Bavaria in very good locations in expensive locations.
PS: The “most expensive” in this message refers to the new price. Because collectors pay completely different prices for old Leicas at auctions.