Daguerreotype cameras are the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfathers of the devices we use for snapshots today. Recently the earliest – and with an expected price of 700,000 euro ($1 million), the most expensive – examples of such a camera was rediscovered in a private collection.
If you’ve got between 200,000 euro ($300,000), the auction’s starting price, and 700,000 euro, the expected final price, and a weakness for old, wooden sliding-box cameras then this one’s for you. It’s got the signature of its name sake, Jacques Mande Daguerre, and was actually built by his brother-in-law.
This is a neat piece of shutterbug history and I truly hope that it ends up in a museum collection where it can be viewed by the public rather than disappearing into another private basement museum. [Slashgear]