Here is a close look at the hugely impressive Neiman Marcus edition of the Leica M9. Iincluding a Summicron-M 35mm f2.0 ASPH lens, ostrich leather strap, a personal letter from Leica CEO Alfred Schopf and a private training and orientation session it does not come cheap, $17,500.00 to be exact.

“With exquisite craftsmanship, premium digital technology, and the international pedigree of photography leader Leica, this gift is simply one of the finest cameras in the world. Limited to a worldwide edition of just 50, the Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition is the only camera that combines the classic Leica M shooting experience with the latest digital technology. It also is the world’s only digital rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses and a full-frame 18 megapixel sensor to capture ultrahigh resolution images. It is a true connoisseur’s camera for photographers who value ultraprecise manual focusing and relish taking personal control of the creative process.

The rugged Leica M body and matching Summicron-M 35mm f2.0 ASPH lens are finished in classic chrome. The body is covered in luxurious brown ostrich leather trim with a matching ostrich leather strap. The high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD screen is protected by sapphire cover glass. Each lens and body is numbered, and your gift can be personalized with an engraved signature; please order by October 15, 2010, for holiday delivery. A three-year warranty covers accidental damage. A full suite of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 digital editing software–and a personal letter from Leica CEO Alfred Schopf and certificate of authenticity–are included. Your gift can be personally delivered by a Leica photography expert and include a private training and orientation session.”

Thanks to LR for the info.