Sunday, May 27, 2007

World's most expensive camer - $792,333 "VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The world's oldest commercially produced camera - built in 1839 in the early days of photography - was auctioned off Saturday for nearly $800,000, an auction house said.

The camera, a Daguerreotype by Susse Freres of France, went to an anonymous online bidder for $792,333, which also makes it the world's most expensive camera, the Vienna gallery and auction house WestLicht said in a statement.

The camera, which was found in an attic in Germany by a professor, is made of soft wood and weighs between 11 and 13 pounds, WestLicht director Peter Coeln told Austrian radio. He said it was likely to have been built before August 1839."


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