The final hammer has just fallen at the 17th WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria, and there's a new "World's Most Expensive Camera"—an 1839 Daguerreotype Giroux (above) was sold for €732,000, premiums included (approximately $899,000 and £622,000 at today's exchange rates). It is the most ever paid for a camera. (Alphonse Giroux was the brother-in-law of Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the Daguerreotype—and generally credited as the primary inventor of photography, although the full story is more interesting. Note Daguerre's signature on the camera's label—click on the image to see it larger.) WestLicht expert Michel Auer stated that all other Giroux cameras are in public museums.
Several rare Leicas also achieved good prices at the sale, including #15 of the "0 Series" M3 prototypes—a rare perfect survivor from among 65 M3 prototypes produced, many of which no longer exist—which sold for €130,000 ($160,000, £110,000) exclusive of premiums. (With the lens I just wrote about the other day.)
(Thanks to Dave)
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