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Régis Bossu
'KISSES FROM BERLIN' (BONS BAISERS DE BERLIN)
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
167
Régis Bossu
'KISSES FROM BERLIN' (BONS BAISERS DE BERLIN)
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Régis Bossu
B. 1944
'KISSES FROM BERLIN' (BONS BAISERS DE BERLIN)
signed in ink, 'Sygma' agency stamps and title, date, and annotation typed on the reverse, 1979
7 7/8  by 11 3/4  in. (20 by 29.8 cm.)
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Literature

Paris Match, 19 October 1979, no. 1586, pp. 116-7

Catalogue Note

In October 1979, Régis Bossu, a freelance photographer for the French photography agency Sygma, travelled to East Berlin to photograph the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic. The honored guest was Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. At the end of Brezhnev's speech, the East German President Erich Honecker opened his arms to congratulate Brezhnev with a fraternal kiss, and the moment was fortuitously captured by Bossu.

Many magazines were quick to publish the image, including Paris Match, which devoted a double-page spread to the photograph with the caption 'The Provocation Against Europe - The Kiss of Leonid to Erich.'  This iconic image has since been reproduced more than 500 times. In 1990, immediately after the ‘fall’ of the Berlin Wall, Russian artist Dmitry Vrubel painted an interpretation of the image on a remaining section of the wall. Beneath the kiss, the following was written in both Russian and German: 'My God, Help Me to Survive this Deadly Love.' In 2011, United Colors of Benetton embarked on an advertising campaign directly influenced by Bossu's photograph.  It is believed that this is the first time an early print of this image has been offered at auction.

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