The German optics company called Leica is known as one of the world’s oldest and most appreciated camera manufacturers, especially since some of its products are linked to the most amazing and historically significant images in the world. The camera that we’re about to present is the Leica III that belonged to Yevgeni Khaldei, who used it to capture the famous “Raising a Flag Over The Reichstag” photo from World War II.
The image was captured on May 2, 1945 and was intended to become as famous as the “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” image by Joe Rosenthal. The camera itself boasts the 257492 serial number and is complemented by an Elmar f/3.5 50mm lens that bears the 471366 serial number. If you’re a fan of old Leica cameras and you would like to own such an incredible piece of history, you’ll be glad to know that this exact piece will be put under the hammer on November 30 during the Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale, which will take place in Hong Kong. However, you should be prepared to spend somewhere between $400,000 and $582,000 for the privilege of owning this Leica III, which comes as no surprise considering the camera’s heritage and exclusivity.