The 1839 Daguerreo-type camera

Original 1839 Daguerreo-type camera auctioned - Digital cameras, digital camera reviews, photography views and news newsMay 28, 2007 - 17.30 GMT
The world's first camera being put to practical use was a creation of Louis Daguerre. The camera that became known as a "Daguerreo-type," was first introduced at the French Academy of Science on August 19, 1839. A camera of this type, made by Susse Freres of France, was found in an attic in Germany by a professor (sounds like a good plot for a new movie). The camera was auctioned in Vienna last Saturday for nearly $800,000, a very heavily inflated price compared to the original list price of $50, and went to an anonymous camera enthusiast...More