Jonathan Ive's one-off Leica M camera fetches $1.8m at auction leica-jon-ive-09 A one-off Leica M camera designed by Apple's own Jonathan Ive fetched more than $1.8m at Sotheby's yesterday, with the funds raised going to the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Author: Olivier Laurent 24 Nov 2013 Tags: AppleLeica Carved out of a single piece of aluminum, the Leica M for (RED) was expected to fetch more than $750,000 at an auction to help raise funds to fight AIDS. That estimate was smashed yesterday when it went for $1,805,000. First announced at Photokina 2012, the collaboration between Leica and Apple's Jonathan Ive was a dream-come-true for many collectors of Leica cameras. Designer Marc Newson also participated in the auction, helping create the camera's concept. "From a design standpoint, it features a laser machined aluminum body and an anodized aluminum outer shell," Leica said when it presented the camera earlier this year. "A total of 561 models and nearly 1000 prototype parts were made during the 85 days it took to create of this unique, one of a kind camera." The camera has a full-format CMOS sensor, high performance processor and new Leica APO-Summicron -M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens "representing the best in photography along with its innovative design," claims the German camera manufacturer. A specially-designed Mac Pro for (RED) put to auction yesterday fetched $977,000.