In this day and age, camera makers are vying for the rank of the best by rendering superlative features that are constantly out doing each other day after day. But here is a camera discovered from a dusty attic that is making news. Called “Daguerreotype,” it is a wooden sliding box camera produced by the Paris company Susse Freres in 1839. Discovered as part of an inheritance in Germany, the antique piece will allow photography enthusiasts rewrite history. Westlicht, a private photo gallery and auction house in Vienna, plans to auction off this piece of history on May 26. Believed to be the world’s oldest commercially manufactured camera, Westlicht said the Vienna camera has never been restored. It is currently owned by a US-based scholar, who inherited it from his father, who taught technical photography at Munich University in Germany.
The starting bid for the camera is 100,000 euros ($132,900)! However the auction house expects it will fetch around 1 million euros. High expectations dear!