Robert Capa’s mythical ‘Magnificent Eleven’ surviving frames of the D-Day Landing on June 6, 1944 are some of the most celebrated and coveted images ever taken. Only a handful were ever sent to newspapers for publication and even fewer were issued off his original negative as most were sent in wire form to the United States. Aside from the first set of four copies to be made, (one of which was sent to the censor and another to Life magazine) this example is believed to be amongst the first batch of prints issued to the British Press, who then sent wire transmissions of the prints to America! It carries an Associated Press caption on the verso, which reads, "FIRST DRAMATIC PICTURE OF THE INVASION, PASSED BY CENSOR" and is date stamped, June 9, 1944, just three days after he took the photograph! While Life Magazine had exclusive magazine rights to the assignment, access to such a crucial theatre of war could only be granted if the images were pooled for the wider newspaper industry. The print is credited Capa/Pool on the back paper caption. The release date is over a week before Life Magazine published five of the Omaha Landing images in their June 19, 1944 edition together with five further Capa images in a feature titled "BEACHHEADS OF NORMANDY THE FATEFUL BATTLE FOR EUROPE IS JOINED BY SEA AND AIR." The offered photograph is among the most important we have ever offered and it remains here in great shape, tucked away in a newspaper archive for the last seventy nine years. Encapsulated by PSA as a Type 1 for further authentication, this is the finest image of WWII we have ever offered and the only vintage photograph of D-Day by Robert Capa that we have ever handled or seen in person. An exciting new discovery from Europe that is being offered here for the first time ever!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9.5/10