Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Russia

Camera That Took World-Famous War Photo For Sale

Yevgeny Khaldei's iconic photo of Red Army soldiers hoisting the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in May 1945.
Yevgeny Khaldei's iconic photo of Red Army soldiers hoisting the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in May 1945.

The Leica camera used by Russian photographer Yevgeni Khaldei  to capture the famous image of Red Army soldiers hoisting the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in Berlin in May 1945 is going on sale.

Bonhams auction house says Khaldei's Leica camera will be put up for auction in Hong Kong in November.

It is expected to fetch from $390,000 to $580,000.

Khaldei's picture -- taken on May 2, 1945 -- became one of the most reproduced photographs of World War II.

In it, Khaldei restaged the actual moment when Red Army soldiers raised the flag over the Reichstag two days earlier.

The soldiers in Khaldei’s photograph are not the original men who raised the flag and the image was manipulated to add more smoke - suggesting that fighting was still taking place – and to remove watches thought to have been looted by the Soviet soldiers.

Based on reporting by artdaily.com and ITAR-TASS

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