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    Nicephore Niepce camera on Ebay

    Good evening everyone,
    "ya just gotta see this"!! eBay item # 270167088524
    You can read about this camera at http://www.breker.com/Anzeigen/NIEPCE%20english.pdf

    This would be the antique camera to end all antiques!
    I'm speechless!
    Sam H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel Hotton View Post
    This would be the antique camera to end all antiques!
    I'm speechless!
    The flea market find of the century, that's for sure.

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    I wonder how many tens of thousands that will go for...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    I wonder how many tens of thousands that will go for...
    The listing says 50,000.00-100,000.00 euro. If it's genuine, that's probably conservative. My God, what a find!

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    I would have expected such a valuable item to be auctioned "properly" via an auction house, no?

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    Nice phone Niepce camera :)

    I had to read the title twice, then clean my reading glasses.

    Sotheby's have stopped their specialist camera / photographic auctions. Evidently many of the collectors are rather aged and younger buyers have differing tastes. Also internet sales have democratised the market making older collectable equipment much easier to find.

    Ian

    Quote Originally Posted by sensanjay View Post
    I would have expected such a valuable item to be auctioned "properly" via an auction house, no?

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    It's an eBay live auction, so it is being auctioned traditionally via an auction house in Cologne, Germany, and absentee bidders are able to bid through eBay.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    Ah, I see...

    Do you think it will meet or exceed the estimate? Just curious about your opinion. I think it will exceed EUR 100,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    I had to read the title twice, then clean my reading glasses.

    Sotheby's have stopped their specialist camera / photographic auctions. Evidently many of the collectors are rather aged and younger buyers have differing tastes. Also internet sales have democratised the market making older collectable equipment much easier to find.

    Ian
    You are right, in certain branches of collecting fewer and fewer collectors appear, many get old and well, you know, die. It's the same with militaria collections, when I go to a militaria fair I feel like a kid (I'm almost 30 years old) because most are 60+. Same with photography fairs here in Belgium, most are 50+ because those youngsters go for the digital way instead of traditional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel Hotton View Post
    Good evening everyone,
    "ya just gotta see this"!! eBay item # 270167088524
    You can read about this camera at http://www.breker.com/Anzeigen/NIEPCE%20english.pdf

    This would be the antique camera to end all antiques!
    I'm speechless!
    Sam H.
    People "in the know" here in France —involved in the restoration* of Niepce's home in Chalon-sur-Saône and the creation of the website, www.niepce.com — have indicated to me that they seriously doubt that this camera was that of Niepce. Bidder beware!

    Best,

    Christopher

    PS - it should be mentioned that during the restoration —and transformation— of the house into a museum, they actually found several of Niepce's cameras and lab equipment in the attic . . .
    . . . . . .
    Last edited by Christopher Nisperos; 10-08-2007 at 05:33 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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