Oldest and most expensive camera in the world up for auction

Jan 27, 2010
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One of the first predecessors to modern cameras was invented in the 1800's and were known as Daguerreotype's, named after the inventor Jacques Mande Daguerre . One of first and most pristine examples of a Daguerreotype has surfaced in a private collection that was previously not known to exist. The camera is called the world's oldest and most expensive.

The wooden sliding-box camera was made in Paris in September 1830 by Alphonse Giroux, the brother in law of the inventor of the camera. The camera is signed by Jacques Mande Daguerre to verify that the device is authentic.

The camera was found in Northern Germany and is in outstanding condition and even has the manual written in German that goes along with the camera. The whole works is up for auction at a starting price of 200,000 euro. The final sales price is expected to be 500,000 to 700,000 euro.


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