M9-P Edition Hermès Among Priciest?

In the Luxury Cameras So Expensive, You'll Need a Down Payment or Second Mortgage article over on Digital Trends the Leica M9-P "Edition Hermès" - at $50,000 USD - is suggested to be the "most expensive digital camera that’s in production." You might recall that Hermès (the Parisian fashion giant known for its prohibitively expensive wearable accessories) had teamed up with Leica for some special editions. This is true, but to clarify, at this price you're talking about the Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas version (of which only 100 sets will be made and is pictured above). It includes a Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH, a Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH and APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH, all finished in anodized silver, and a bag. The more basic Edition Hermès ships with a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH and goes for a much more reasonable $25,000 USD...

Here's the apropos section on the M9-P Edition Hermès:

Leicas are expensive to begin with, but throw in a special edition and the price skyrockets further. At $50,000, this M9-P, designed in collaboration with French luxury goods and fashion house, Hermès, could be the most expensive digital camera that’s in production. In comparison, a standard M9-P costs about $5K, while the “cheapest” version of the coveted Hermès Birkin handbag costs just under $10K. Leica says the camera – which features handcrafted leather and construction, and comes with several lenses – will be “strictly limited” (whatever that means, oh, wait, it means you can’t have it!). As great as they are, Leicas are off-limits to most people anyway, but at least we can afford Panasonic’s Lumix cameras that utilize Leica-made glass.

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LEICA M9-P Edition Hermès Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas (Unboxing).MTS

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