Iwo Jima sculpture
Lot 173
Felix de Weldon, (American 1907-2003)
The Bronze edition of the Arlington Marine Corps Memorial maquette, one of between 7 to 10 examples cast from the plaster original
1948-54 22 x 24 x 14 in. without flag (55.9 x 60.9 x 35.6 cm.)
Sold for US$ 56,250 inc. premium

Lot Details
Felix de Weldon, (American 1907-2003)
The Bronze edition of the Arlington Marine Corps Memorial maquette, one of between 7 to 10 examples cast from the plaster original
1948-54
Together with 8 period photographs of the Bronzes some outside on a small plinth , one being given to USMC Lemuel C.Shepherd Jr. on February 11, 1953; and an original program for the Unveiling of the Memorial on November 10, 1954.
22 x 24 x 14 in. without flag (55.9 x 60.9 x 35.6 cm.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The War Museum

    A bronze sculpture, taken from the Arlington Memorial maquette (see previous lot), and made by de Weldon to provide gifts to some of those closely associated with the Arlington Memorial. Other examples of this Bronze casting are to be found in the collections of H Ross Perot, USMC General Lemuel C.Shepherd Jr., Secretary of the Navy Middendorf, Governor Clemens of Texas, and The Army and Navy Club of Washington D.C. There may well be several more in other marine bases.

    It is a remarkably fine bronze copy, capturing the nuances of the sculpture in fine detail, probably cast by the Bedi-Rassy Foundry in New York, who went on to cast the Memorial from 1951-54. It is the ideal size for a living room or study.

Saleroom notices

  • This bronze was exhibited in 1994 in the Exhibition "Reporting the War" at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
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