KHALDEI, YEVGENI. 1917-1997. Original photograph, Berlin. Znamya Pobedy nad reikhstagom [Banner over the Reichstag in Berlin], 1945,
Lot 1240
KHALDEI, YEVGENI. 1917-1997.
Original photograph, Berlin. Znamya Pobedy nad reikhstagom [Banner over the Reichstag in Berlin], 1945,
Sold for US$ 3,125 inc. premium

Voices of the 20th Century

6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

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Lot Details
KHALDEI, YEVGENI. 1917-1997.
Original photograph, Berlin. Znamya Pobedy nad reikhstagom [Banner over the Reichstag in Berlin], 1945, vintage gelatin silver print, 7-1/4 x 9 inches, mounted on card, verso of card with Russian press information label for the Planet newspaper, the second, "touched up", version of the "Raising of the Flag" photograph.

Three days after the Russian army had captured Berlin, Khaldei arrived to take pictures for the various newspapers and magazines that he supplied. He noticed that there was no Russian flag over the Reichstag, and so he arranged for several soldiers to go up to the top of the ruined building, and had them pose with the flag unfurled, which became one of the famous images of the war. The real photograph showed the soldier below with two watches on his left wrist, and the photograph had to be touched up (the watches removed) before its global release.

It is rare to find this image in its original form, this example almost certainly preserved for a long time in the photo archives of the 'Planet'.
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