Photo Gallery It Started with a Kiss

One of the most famous paintings on the Berlin Wall, showing Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing his East German counterpart Erich Honecker, has been destroyed by the authorities. The artist is furious.
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The largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall has long been an open-air exhibit called the East Side Gallery. One of its most famous paintings showed former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing his East German counterpart Erich Honecker.

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The picture inspired many visitors to replicate the scene, as in this 1995 photo.

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The original: Brezhnev and Honecker get cosy at celebrations marking 30 years of the GDR in 1979.

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The painting, however, is no more to be seen. Authorities recently removed it as part of renovation work on the monument. Only the picture's inscription, "My God, help me to survive this deadly love," is left at the top of the wall.

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The artist Dmitri Vrubel (far left) is seen in Berlin with a small version of his painting.

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The East Side Gallery, located in the east Berlin district of Friedrichshain, is a tourist magnet.

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A graffiti artist works on the other side of the Wall from the East Side Gallery in this 2007 photo. This stretch of the Wall runs along the Spree River.

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The East Side Gallery is seriously in need of renovation, as this March 2009 photo shows.

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