Daguerreotype Giroux - The World's Most Expensive Camera

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Would you pay €732,000 for a camera? Well, someone did - at the 17th WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. The Daguerreotype Giroux is now the reigning most expensive camera in the world. Check it out here!

Photo from cnet.com

The starting price was €200,000. Then it was sold at €732,000.

We’re talking about the Daguerreotype Giroux, which was auctioned off at the 17th WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. Designed by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre and launched in 1839, it is known as the first commercially manufactured camera. Focusing is achieved by moving the smaller inner box from the front-mounted lens, and it could take half an hour for an image to be exposed.

The camera was said to be in mint condition, with the original instruction manual written in German.

Sources:
The Online Photographer
Reghardware

written by shhquiet on 2010-06-28 in #news

8 Comments

  1. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    I have an old plastic camera ...
    How much cost it ??
    I think that someone can pay 733000 € for it ...
    ;))))

  2. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    I saw one at the Science Museum, London, it's bigger than you might think, nice to find one in a thrift store or boot sale, ha ha :))

  3. pulex
    pulex ·

    i always carry at least two of that cameras with me!! hahaha but i would if i could!

  4. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    I wonder who had the money to buy that thing!

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    ouch! Can you shoot from the hip with this cam? ;)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  6. nation_of_pomation
    nation_of_pomation ·

    I did a huge project on Daguerre and the invention of photography, it brings back good memories (not). Well, I didn't enjoy the 3 a.m. cramming to finish.

  7. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Something rare, beautiful and intensely historic!! Ultimately, the value of an object is what someone with the money is willing to pay to buy it. And collectors are competitive and obsessive. I have a camera collection, but nothing that breaks the bank.

  8. dogma
    dogma ·

    Nice cam! Would like to take some pictures with it :)

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