Mr. Bill Gates is spending his money more wisely.I hope the buyer has given a similar amount to a significant charitable organization.
First:Copyright is retained by the author of the work of art. Not the owner of the equipment.
Second this picture became famous because it was a monkey's selfie.
If the owner of the camera says he took the picture, the picture will loose it is main reason for its popularity. Saying the truth, that is, the picture was taken by the monkey... The conclusion is ... wikipedia is in the right track.
I hope that Nikon can solve this problem well. I prefer Nikon as an independent company, generating new products and competing than concentrating more in fewer hands. It is difficult to compete with companies the size of Samsung, Sony and Canon.Unfortunately, I think that the Chinese government picked Nikon as an example. I prefer to keep different makers available to the general public, it is better for of us all. I don't like a world where only very large companies have the right to sell their products with no real competition. (Like Boeing and Airbus, for example).
I have used several cameras, but when I am travelling and want to enjoy my trip. I use a very simple point an shoot camera. The canon SX260. I have an RX 100, but it doesn't have the zoom of the SX260 a camera that is about the same size of the RX100. Most of the time I need the flexibility of the SX260 and its portability. The big cameras that I have I decided not to take to my trips, they are cumbersome to use, too many lenses and a lot of preparation to take a picture.
My best wishes for Leica, I hope it can survive in this competitive world, where they are facing huge companies like Nikon (is part of the Mitusbishi group, one of the largest in the world), Canon is huge by itself, Sony is another huge corporation,Samsung is another giant group. I truly like to see small companies developing a niche market.As to photography, it is important to keep more options open, and Leica is doing its part. Their prices are more related to their small scale than anything else.