Fri 22 Feb 2013

Original statue of iconic 1945 US flag raising at Iwo Jima is auctioned

  • By Maja Micudova and 1 other
  • Last Update: 3 years ago
  • New York, New York, United States

Marine Corps War Memorial


The original smaller statue of the iconic raising of the US flag at the Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi in 1945 is auctioned by the Bonhams house as part of a World War II artifacts auction. 

"It's an incredibly iconic image of bravery," said Marci Reaven, vice president of historic exhibits at the New-York Historical Society. "It immediately captured Americans' imaginations, their hopes for victory and their fears at a difficult time," she added.

More known than the twelve and a half foot tall statue is the 32-foot-tall Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, designed by American sculptor Felix de Weldon in 1954. The memorial depicts five Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising the flag at Iwo Jima as Allied forces captured the Japanese-held island. 

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