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Early photograph of New York to be auctioned

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  • The photo, one of the earliest in existence, is expected to fetch up to $70,000
  • Dating back to 1848, the picture shows a country estate in Manhattan
  • The image is a half-plate daguerreotype measuring 5 1/2 by 4 inches
  • The daguerreotype will be auctioned off later this month at Sotheby's in New York
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From Chris Kokenes
CNN
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- One of the earliest photographs in existence is expected to fetch as much as $70,000 when it is auctioned off later this month at Sotheby's auction house in New York.

The daguerreotype shows a New York country estate on a road referred to as a continuation of Broadway.

The daguerreotype shows a New York country estate on a road referred to as a continuation of Broadway.

A half-plate daguerreotype dating from 1848 shows a country estate in Manhattan on what was then known as old Bloomingdale Road and referred to as "a continuation of Broadway."

In the foreground of the 5.5-by-4-inch, black and white daguerreotype, a dirt road leads to an entry gate that surrounds the grounds.

A home sits perched above what appears to be a fenced-in pasture or grazing field surrounded by evergreens. See the photo up-close »

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The use of daguerreotype, which was invented by French artist Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, was common in the 1840s and 1850s, according to Daguerre.org.

To create a daguerreotype, the image is exposed directly onto a polished surface of silver with a coating of silver halide and particles deposited by vapor, giving it a mirror-like, reflective finish.

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