What's just as good as, if not even better than, getting hold of an iconic photograph? Well, owning the actual camera that was used to take it, what else!
You may have already come across “Raising a Flag Over the Reichstag” at least once. A work of then 28-year-old photographer Yevgeny Khaldei taken while working for Soviet news agency TASS, it’s one of the most iconic and historically-significant ones to have been taken during the Second World War, on May 2, 1945 to be exact. It’s a staged shot of an actual event that happened a few days earlier, one that Khaldei was said to have taken in the hopes of creating a photograph that would be as iconic as Joe Rosenthal’s “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” which was taken just earlier the same year.
Now, perhaps you’d be fascinated to know that the camera Khaldei had used to take this photograph, a now-battered but still elegant-looking Leica III, along with an Elmar f/3.5 50mm lens would be going under the hammer at an auction by Bonhams in Hong Kong on November 30.
The equipment is expected to fetch up to a whopping $580,000. Citing the modern-day TASS agency, DPReview reported that back in 1995, Khaldei presented the camera as a gift to the organizer of one of his major exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in New York.