A camera believed to have captured one of the most famous images of the 20th century, u2018Kiss in Times Squareu2019, has sold for nearly five times more than expected.

Alfred Eisenstaedt was said to have used a Leica IIIa to take the photo, depicting a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, New York on VJ Day in August 1945.

The camera went under the hammer for €114,000 (more than £97,500) at WestLicht Camera Auction in Vienna on Saturday – easily surpassing its €25,000 estimate.

Meanwhile, an original, signed, print of Eisenstaedt’s iconic image bowed out for €24,000.