A Daguerreotype camera from near the beginning of commercial photography has sold at auction for almost $800,000:

VIENNA, Austria — The world’s oldest commercially produced camera — built in 1839 in the early days of photography — was auctioned off this weekend for nearly $800,000, an auction house said.

The camera, a Daguerreotype by Susse Freres of France, went to an anonymous online bidder for $792,333, which also makes it the world’s most expensive camera, the Vienna gallery and auction house WestLicht said in a statement.

The camera, which was found in an attic in Germany by a professor, is made of soft wood and weighs between 11 and 13 pounds, WestLicht director Peter Coeln told Austrian radio. He said it was likely to have been built before August 1839.

Historic Camera has posted an illustrated timeline of historic cameras that includes a photo of an 1839 Daguerreotype camera built by Alphonse Giroux in Paris.

Antique-Photography sponsors auctions of antique cameras. At the time this article was written, there were three items posted: a 1902 double-lens (stereo) camera; a collection of French lenses; and a rare Shew Aluminum XIT camera.

[cehwiedel also writes at cehwiedel.com]

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