A smaller version of the stainless steel “Fake Leica” sculpture made by Chinese artist Liao Yibai (and found in the Leica Store LA) has appeared on eBay with a buy it now price of $99,995 USD. The auction was posted by Leica Store Lisse in the Netherlands, which is also accepting offers from potential buyers via the online auction.
Though this is a smaller version of the original, the “Fake Leica” in the auction is quite hefty at 40kg / 88lbs, resulting i $350 in shipping cost—then again, if you’re already spending almost $100K on the thing, what’s an extra $350 for shipping?
The sculpture measures about 44,8 x 76,2 x 48,9cm / 17 x 30 x 19.25in and is very rare, having the serial number 8/12. This sculpture, as with the original, is highly detailed.
This doesn’t appear to be the first time Leica Store Lisse has listed this particular auction. Leica Rumors reported back in early 2016 that the Netherlands store was selling a small “Fake Leica” sculpture with the serial number 8/12. In its most recent auction, the store notes that a different “Fake Leica” sculpture sold in November 2013 through Westlicht Auction for 96,000 Euro (~$115K USD by today’s exchange rate).