Vienna’s WestLicht Photographica Auction is set to open for bidding the old film Leica camera used by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in taking the V-J day photo “Kiss in Times Square“. The auction is going to happen on May 25th.
Two years before Eisenstaedt died, he used the same Leica camera to take a photo of President Bill Clinton and his family in 1993. That was the famous photographer’s last shoot.
Whoever wins Eisenstaedt’s camera, is also going to take home his 50-millimeter f/2 Summitar lens and original VIOOH viewfinder.
The IIIa rangefinder camera is reportedly going to sell for around €20,000 to €25,000 (about $26,000 – $33,000). And yes, a signed copy of the iconic photo, which is expected to sell for around $20,900 and $23,500, is also up for auction the day before.