This Leica MP "John Botte" Took Two Years to Make

Now up for auction.

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A custom Leica MP “John Botte” camera has been listed for sale at the upcoming Leitz Photographica Auction. The camera belonged to John Botte, a photographer renowned for his work on the 9/11 attacks. As an ex-police officer, Botte was able to access the scene of the tragedy on September 11, 2001, and was responsible for capturing almost all the famous images that came out of the tragic events that day.

The camera’s engraving work took a whole two years to finish, based on a design from Botte himself. The craftsman later told Botte that he would never do another one during his lifetime, making this custom Leica a truly unique piece both in terms of its artistic aesthetic and reportage heritage. After the bodywork was finished, the camera spent most of its life in Leica Store Miami on display, carefully guarded and maintained.

If you’re interested in bidding for this truly unique and historically iconic Leica MP “John Botte,” you can head over to the Leitz Photographica Auction site to learn more. The starting price of the camera will be €60,000 EUR, or around $67,380 USD.

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