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1. Various of Daguerreotype camera by Parisian manufacturer Susse Freres on exhibition at the "WestLicht" gallery
2. Close of camera lens, pull out
3. SOUNDBITE (German) Peter Coeln, Owner of "WestLicht" gallery :
"Already two days after the official invention of photography on the 19th August in 1839, an advertisement appeared in a French newspaper posted by the brothers Susse, who were offering a camera similar to the "Daguerreotype" method."
4. Close up of sign from Susse Freres (previous soundbite overlaid)
5. Zoom in to the inside of the camera
6. Close up of manual, pull out to Coeln holding German manual
7. Close of camera
8. SOUNDBITE (German) Peter Coeln, Owner of "WestLicht" gallery :
"The camera is in excellent original condition, means it was never restored or modified."
9. Various of Coeln carrying camera
10. Close up of camera
11. SOUNDBITE (German) Peter Coeln, Owner of "WestLicht" gallery :
"This means an absolute world sensation and we are aware that this camera will for sure end up in a museum. I hope it ends up in a big museum, so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to see this camera once."
12. Daguerreotype camera
13. SOUNDBITE (German) Peter Coeln, owner of "WestLicht" gallery :
"The value is inestimable. The historical meaning is inestimable. If you imagine, what photography has given to mankind - and this is the first camera - then you can nearly assume what kind of dimension this recovery will have. As I've said, I hope that it will end up in a good home."
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It was made in 1839 and is now expected to become one of the world's most expensive cameras.
Currently on show at a gallery in Austrian capital, the camera is due to go under the hammer in late May and could reach one million Euros (US$1,360,000).
What is being called the world's oldest camera is scheduled to be auctioned in Vienna on 26 May, 2007.
The recently discovered "Daguerreotype" camera was made by the Parisian manufacturers Susse Freres in 1839.
It is due to be auctioned at the 11th Photographic Auction in Vienna.
The camera is said to be in its original condition and to correspond with the plans of camera designer Louis Daguerre.
Daguerre was one of the fathers of early photography and inventor of the Daguerreotype photographic process.
The Daguerrotype is the process by which a picture is made on a silver surface, sensitised with iodine and developed by exposure to mercury vapour.
As well as being possibly the oldest, the camera is also expected to become the most expensive ever sold and is due to reach a price of some one million Euros (US$1,360,000), according to the Austrian Press Agency (APA).
The camera was discovered in an attic in Munich, Germany and then taken to Vienna to be sold, APA reports say.
It is currently being exhibited at the "WestLicht" Gallery in Vienna until the auction takes place.
According to the "WestLicht" gallery owner Peter Coeln the camera was being reproduced soon after it's initial invention.
He says the camera is in its original condition and has never been restored or modified.
The German manual published in 1839 to go with the camera is also up for auction.
Peter Coeln says the camera is an extremely exciting find and adds it is very difficult to put a price on it.