A long-forgotten piece of history from World War II is going up for sale.
An original monument commemorating the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima in 1945 is being offered Feb. 22 at Bonhams auction house. It's expected to bring up to $1.8 million.
The 12 1/2-foot statue was constructed nine years before a much larger, 32-foot sculpture of the flag-raising now in Arlington, Va.
The monument is inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photograph showing six American servicemen raising the flag as Allied forces struggled to capture the Japanese-held island.
The smaller version of the Iwo Jima statue was displayed briefly in Washington, D.C., and sat under a tarp behind the sculptor's studio for nearly 40 years before being restored and displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >
Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
It's an amazing story of inspiration. One man's journey against all odds. 38-year-old Michael Mills is a paraplegic. He was hit by a drunk driver at the age of 16 and before that he was faced with this. "IMore >
It's an amazing story of inspiration. One man's journey against all odds. 38-year-old Michael Mills is a paraplegic, but it's not slowing him down. More >