Camera that Shot Iconic World War Image Goes on Sale

 
The Leica III, the camera behind the iconic picture. Image source/ Bonhams

The Leica III, the camera behind the iconic picture. Image source/ Bonhams

What would you be willing to pay for the rangefinder Leica III used to make Raising a Flag Over The Reichstag? British auction house Bonham expects the camera to fetch anywhere between USD 390,000 (approx. Rs. 2.3 crores) and USD 580,000 (approx. Rs. 3.4 crores) when it will be available for auction on 30 November in Hong Kong.

The image was made in 1945 by then 28-year-old Russian photographer Yevgeny Khaldei, who was working for Soviet news agency TASS.

After the Battle of Berlin, victorious Russian soldiers raised their flag atop the Reichstag building, due to its perceived significance. The image shot by Khaldei was controversial because it was in fact a recreation of the moment, a few days later.  It was manipulated to add more smoke so that it felt that the fighting was still going on.

Find out more about iconic war images here, 

Photograph/ Yevgeni Khaldei

Photograph/ Yevgeni Khaldei

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