World’s Oldest Camera Up for Auction

In 1836 Louis Jacques Daguerre, a French artist and chemist, invented the first practical camera, the daguerreotype. Shortly thereafter, Daguerre’s brother-in-law Alphonse Giroux began to produce the cameras that Daguerre invented, and one such camera has now surfaced and will be auctioned.

The camera was made in Paris in September 1839, and is being called the world’s oldest camera. The 170 year old antique will having a starting price of €200,000 ($281,440) when it is auctioned at the end of May, but is expected to fetch at least €500,000.