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Iconic ‘Flag Over Reichstag’ Leica III at Bonhams Auction

Iconic ‘Flag Over Reichstag’ Leica III camera goes under the hammer at Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong on 30 November. What makes this Leica so special is fact it was used by Yevgeni Khaldei, to take one of the most iconic images of the World War II. Khaldei,who worked as a photo journalist for the official Soviet news agency TASS captured his iconic Raising a Flag Over The Reichstag photograph in 1945. The image became one of the most reproduced images in the world, its significance compared to Joe Rosenthal’s ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’.

Iconic ‘Flag Over Reichstag’ Leica III camera to be auctioned at Bonhams
Bonham’s head of scientific instruments Jon Baddeley said: ‘It is a great privilege to be selling a camera with such evocative associations.
‘Raising a flag over the Reichstag is a defining image of victory over evil that affected people deeply at the time and has continued to resonate for later generations.’

Iconic ‘Flag Over Reichstag’ Leica III camera to be auctioned at Bonhams
A Bonham spokesman added: ‘The soldiers in Khaldei’s photograph are not the original men and the image has been altered to add more smoke…’
Now, the Leica III he used to snap the shot is going up on the Bonhams auction block, where expected to fetch £230,000 ($393,000) – £340,000 ($581,000).

Iconic ‘Flag Over Reichstag’ Leica III camera to be auctioned at Bonhams

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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