Daguerrotype cameras are the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfathers of the devices we use for snapshots today. Recently, the earliest--and with an expected price as high as 700,000 euro ($985,000), the most expensive--example of such a camera was rediscovered in a private collection in Germany.
It's being auctioned off at the WestLicht Photographica Auction on May 29 in Vienna, Austria.
If you've got tons of money and a weakness for old, wooden sliding-box cameras, then this one's for you. It's from 1839 and has the signature of its namesake, Jacques Mandé Daguérre, and was actually built by his brother-in-law.
This is a neat piece of shutterbug history, and I truly hope it ends up in a museum collection where it can be viewed by the public rather than disappearing into another private basement museum.
This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.