One of the most famous candid iconic shots of all time, the ‘Kiss in Time Square’ clicked by Alfred Eisenstaedt during the 1945 V-J Day celebration, will go up for auction on 24 May 2013 along with the Leica IIIa rangefinder camera that photographed it. The camera, which belonged to photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt, is a piece of photographic history used by him until the day he passed away.
The picture is an original 17.5 x 12-inch print signed by Eisenstaedt himself, estimated to earn $20,900-$23,500. At the same time, the Leica IIIa rangefinder camera, with its Summitar 2/5 cm lens and the original VIOOH viewfinder, is expected to fetch $26,100-$32,700. The camera comes with a long history; Eisenstaedt used it during his 60-year career, clicking leaders and celebrities. He even used it on his last shoot, capturing President Bill Clinton and his family in 1993, just two years before he died at 96.
The memorabilia go on auction at the WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. The signed picture will go on sale on 24 May while the camera follows it to the auction stand the next day.
[Via – Theverge]