The world’s first and most expensive camera!
The 'Daguerreotype Giroux' from 1839. The first commercially-produced camera of the world, that will be sold at the WestLicht Photographica Auction on the 29th of May 2010 in Vienna, Austria. The estimate is 500.000 – 700.000 Euros.
On May, 29th 2010 Viennese auction house WestLicht is going to sell a sensational piece of world history: a 'Daguerréotype', the first commercially produced camera!
The French wooden sliding-box camera was built in September 1839 by Alphonse Giroux, the brother-in-law of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. To proof it’s authenticity the camera was signed by Daguerre himself, the inventor of the first practicable photographic process.
The 'Daguerréotype' by Giroux offered at this auction was discovered very recently and is in beautiful original condition. Worldwide only very few of these cameras are known to exist, all of them in public museums. Never before one has been offered for sale in auction. It will be expected, that WestLicht’s own 576.000 Euro world record price for a camera sale will be exceeded by far, the estimate is Euro 500.000 – 700.000. (www.westlicht-auction.com)
The label of the 'Daguerreotype Giroux' from 1839, which is signed by the inventor Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre to verify its authenticity