Eisenstaedt’s Leica Camera from the Iconic ‘Kiss in Times Square’ Goes Under the Hammer
V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays George Mendoca, an American sailor kissing Greta Friedman, a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945. The photograph was published a week later in Life magazine among many photographs of celebrations around the country that were presented in a twelve-page section titled Victory.
If you want to buy this little slice of photographic history, here is your chance since Eisenstaedt’s Leica camera and and his famous signed photograph “Kiss in Times Square” goes under the hammer at upcoming 23rd WestLicht Photographica Camera Auction in Vienna, Austria. The expected selling price for the 17.5 x 12 inch print photo is $23,500, the Leica camera is estimated to go for $32,780.
The lucky bidder who wins the auction will take away the camera, along with the accompanying 50-millimeter f/2 Summitar lens and original VIOOH viewfinder. Eisenstaedt used the same camera for capturing President Bill Clinton and his family in 1993, just two years before he died at 96.