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Auction to Feature Iconic World War II Statue
ABC News ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Sarah Parnass

Posted on 02/08/2013 4:30:17 PM PST by nickcarraway

Looking to own an iconic piece of American military history? You’re in luck.

A statue of the famed photograph of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the stars and stripes over Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima will be auctioned off at the end of the month by Rodney Hilton Brown, a collector of American war artifacts and a military historian.

The piece Brown plans to sell is the smaller forerunner to the 32-foot-tall Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. At 20 feet high with the flag — 12 feet, two inches without it — the statue weighs 10,000 lb, according to Anne Wilson of Bonhams New York, the auction house hosting the sale.

“There’s nothing like this,” Wilson said of the statue, which will sell as part of a larger event called World War II: The Pacific Theater on Feb. 22. ”This is the original of this incredible symbol of history, of bravery of the Marine Corps and of World War II.” Bonhams describes the piece as “the original Iwo Jima monument, cast stone over a steel skeleton welded to a steel base, the monument finished with a bronzed lacquered layer.”

Brown told ABC News he acquired the statue from its creator, Felix de Weldon, while working on a biography of the artist in 1990, in exchange for a violin, a sword and an amount of cash the two agreed to keep secret.

De Waldon also designed the Equestrian of Simon Bolivar Statue on Virginia Ave. in Washington, D.C.

Brown’s website, a virtual museum devoted to the vestiges of war, shows his lifelong fascination with the country’s ferocity in battle. He said he began collecting artifacts as a child of 10 or 11 years,

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Military/Veterans

1 posted on 02/08/2013 4:30:21 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

According to news I saw this morning it is expected to bring in around 2M dollars.

2 posted on 02/08/2013 4:37:13 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Odungo will buy it and promise to have it displayed in DC......Then he’ll melt it down to make a foot bath for the WH.

3 posted on 02/08/2013 4:44:24 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nickcarraway

My dial up system messes up linking. This is about the 4th time this story has been posted in FR but none show the photo. Know what the original photo prototype is but not the sculpture. Could you post a pix of the sculpture

4 posted on 02/08/2013 9:42:50 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname .Ex Chi" mechanic"ret)
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To: Doogle

“Odungo will buy it and promise to have it displayed in DC......Then he’ll melt it down to make a foot bath for the WH.”

I don’t think he would do that much. He would either blankly claim that it was racist for us to be shooting at the Japanese, or have every member on the statue heads replaced with African American looking heads.

5 posted on 02/09/2013 5:10:18 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: nickcarraway; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks nickcarraway, but really, honestly, this statue emphasizes how little sensitivity we Americans have for the feelings of those who identify with the group who got the hell kicked out of them by the US in a war they started with us.

6 posted on 02/09/2013 10:35:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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