World`s oldest camera sells for GBP400,000

Produced by the French manufacturer Susse Freres around 1839, the Daguerreotype has just gone under the hammer and made a huge $792,333. he auction attracted buyers from across the globe but the final winner has remained anonymous.


Courtesy of Wikipedia

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. In later developments bromine and chlorine vapors were also used, resulting in shorter exposure times. Unlike later photographic processes that supplanted it, the daguerreotype is a direct positive image-making process with no “negative” original.

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