Rare photo of Vesuvius goes on sale for €8 million

Catherine Edwards
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Rare photo of Vesuvius goes on sale for €8 million
Mount Vesuvius. Photo: AFP

Plenty of snap-happy tourists travel to Naples to get the perfect photo of Mount Vesuvius. But would you pay €8 million for it?


A Neapolitan photographer, Giovanni Scotti is hoping someone will, and is selling his "unique" picture on eBay with a hefty price tag.

The eBay listing says his picture captures a rare moment from May 20th this year, when a rainbow framed the volcano, creating an "incredible and maybe unrepeatable" view.

While the rainbow was widely photographed, with snaps shared across social media, Scotti explains that many have claimed it was a stunt or Photoshop - and his negative is "the only incontrovertible proof of what really happened that day".

Another photo of the moment.

The colour negative film is in perfect condition, and the buyer is free to use the film for creating prints of their own or any other purpose they choose. Art and photography enthusiasts have until October 8th to buy the photo.

In the event that no-one is willing to stump up the €8 million asking price, Scotti is also accepting offers, and 18 people have so far registered their interest.

And the postage, at least, is free.



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