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Yevgeny Khaldiei iconic image, 'Raising the flag over the Reichstag'.<br />
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A camera which took one of the most iconic photographs of the Second World War has emerged for sale for 340,000 pounds.<br />
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The Leica camera belonged to Soviet photographer Yevgeni Khaldei who was with the Red Army when they captured Berlin in May 1945, bringing about an end to WWII.<br />
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Khaldei scaled the Reichstag on May 2 to capture on camera a soldier raising the Red Banner, the Soviet flag, to claim the symbolic building as under their control.<br />
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In fact it was a restaging of a moment which had happened two days previously but resilient Nazi fighters had taken the original flag down overnight.<br />
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The final image was heavily edited to add more smoke to the scene and also cover up the watches on the wrists of the soldiers which had been looted.<br />
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It went on to become one of the most famous images of the war and was reproduced in publications around the world.<br />
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It is often compared to the photograph of US troops raising the Stars and Stripes on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.<br />
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The camera is now tipped to fetch 340,000 pounds when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams.