Giroux Daguerréotype: The World’s Oldest Camera Goes Under the Hammer

Giroux Daguerréotype may sound like a weird foreign name, but it happens to be the world’s oldest camera. Of course, being the world’s oldest camera, it is also the world’s most expensive camera. It is now gonna be auctioned off and is expected to fetch astronomical amounts of money. It is expected to fetch €500,000 to €700,000 and was made in Paris in 1839.

It was built by Alphones Giroux and is 170 years old. The camera is still in working condition and the 24 page instruction booklet, a plaque signed by Daguerre and even the ground glass screen are intact in their original splendour. Don’t expect that the process of taking a picture is easy on this camera.

It is one of the most laborious things to do, and you would have to read the instruction booklet back and forth before attempting to take pictures. If you are the kind of person who would spend loads of money on antiques, this certainly is what you should be buying. I would say, go ahead and get yourself this camera if you are an avid photographer and if you have the money.

Via: Wired

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