A camera from 1839 was auctioned off in Vienna with for 588,613 EUR (~$792,333).
The camera, a Daguerreotype by Susse Freres of France went to an anonymous online bidder.
According to the gallery WestLicht, the camera is likely to be the world's most expensive and oldest commercially produced camera.
It was found in an attic in Germany by Wolfgang Haase, a professor. The camera weighs about five or six kilograms (11 to 13 pounds), was made of soft wood and was likely to have been built before August 1839.
Via this press-release and the Westlicht site.
The daguerreotype is an early type of photograph in which the image is exposed directly onto a mirror-polished surface of silver bearing a coating of silver halide particles deposited by iodine vapor.
More details on Wikipedia.
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