Probably the most famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt is “Kiss in Times Square.” It is his famous 1945 V-J Day celebration shot. The photograph came to symbolize the end of World War II when it was published with the title “Victory Celebrations” by Life magazine on August 27, 1945. An original copy, signed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, will go up for auction on May 24th, and the Leica IIIa rangefinder he used to take it with will be auctioned off the next day.
The auctions will take place in Vienna, Austria as part of the WestLicht Photographica Auction. According to WestLicht, the signed photo is estimated to sell for as much as $23,500 and the camera could fetch up to $32,780.
The Leica IIIa was in continuous use by Eisenstaedt for 50 years after he shot the iconic photograph in times square. Just two years before his death he used it for a final portrait session with President Bill Clinton and his family