World's Oldest Camera Fetches $800K

Bids came from around the world for the daguerreotype, said by an expert to be the only remaining Susse Freres model.

Photographer Matthias Bruggman tipped us off to this story about the world's oldest camera being auctioned off in Europe for 600,000 euros, or about $800,000.

The daguerreotype camera, made by French firm Susse Freres no later than 1839, was found in a German attic and sold at a Vienna auction house. Bids came from around the world for the daguerreotype, said by an expert to be the only remaining Susse Freres model. The daguerreotype process, only perfected in 1839, was judged the first viable form of commercial photography. The head of the Vienna auction house said he was convinced the piece was from the earliest years of popular photography.

"I was of course shocked because every camera dealer dreams of one day owning a daguerreotype camera," said Peter Coeln.