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Felix de Weldon(1907-2003)
FELIX DE WELDON (AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN, 1907-2003), PLASTER BUST OF SIMON BOLIVAR

Lot 2059: FELIX DE WELDON (AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN, 1907-2003), PLASTER BUST OF SIMON BOLIVAR

Auction Date: Nov 22, 2021

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: FELIX DE WELDON (AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN, 1907-2003), PLASTER BUST OF SIMON BOLIVAR signed on reverse Felix de Weldon, 1948, Washington, DC USA

There are at least two known examples of busts of Bolivar by De Weldon cast in bronze. The first, from 1948 has the following inscription “Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) Liberator of Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and founder of Bolivia. Presented by the President of Venezuela to Bolivar, West Virginia.” A second, from 1961 is located in Baltimore in Bedford Square near St. Paul and North Charles Streets. h:24 w:23 d:11 in.

Provenance: Estate of Col. Robert E. Bartos and Sharon Bartos, Puerto Rico
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Location: Alexandria, VA, US

Auction House: Potomack Company

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Felix de Weldon (American, 1907) Venus Bronze

Lot 33: Felix de Weldon (American, 1907) Venus Bronze

Auction Date: Apr 07, 2021

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Description:

Bronze sculpture of Venus by Felix de Weldon. It is in great condition. Signed and numbered 1/100. Measures approx 16"H x 11.5"W x 8"D.

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Location: Lake Worth, FL, US

Auction House: Market Auctions Inc.

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Felix De Weldon Framed Bronze Plaque

Lot 401: Felix De Weldon Framed Bronze Plaque

Auction Date: May 30, 2020

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: Felix De Weldon Framed Bronze Plaque. Total Framed 18 inches high x 14 inches wide....

Location: Dania Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Joshua Kodner

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JOHN F. KENNEDY BRONZE BUST BY FELIX de WELDON

Lot 434: JOHN F. KENNEDY BRONZE BUST BY FELIX de WELDON

Auction Date: Oct 13, 2019

Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000

Description: "John F. Kennedy" by Felix de Weldon (1907-2003), bronze, signed Felix de Weldon and dated 1963, 17 x 9 x 11 inches (25 x 9 x 11 inches with granite base). *Note: In early 1963, Mr. Felix de Weldon was commissioned by John F. Kennedy's military aides to produce the sculptural portrait of President Kennedy that ultimately became a key featured item in the Kennedy Library. In the spring of 1963 de Weldon began his work. President Kennedy posed for de Weldon twice at the White House. The work was nearing completion when the tragic events of November 1963 occurred. The nearly finished sculpture was removed to de Weldon's studio where the artist was encouraged to complete the effort. From the original clay bust only (4) bronze castings were produced before the mold was destroyed. These castings were given to Mrs. John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Library and to the Kennedy Space Center, the fourth casting John McInnis Auctioneers sold in 2013 for $15,000 (hammer). This lot is the bust which was originally slated for NASA and came from the estate of Dr. Thomas O. Payne, Administer of NASA, who was in charge during the Apollo 11 mission....

Location: Amesbury, MA, US

Auction House: John McInnis Auctioneers

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Felix de Weldon Sterling Silver Iwo Jima Monument

Lot 279: Felix de Weldon Sterling Silver Iwo Jima Monument

Auction Date: Jul 13, 2019

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000

Description: Maryland, Washington D.C.,1907-2003
Finely cast and scaled representation of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Commonly seen cast in bronze as an edition of either 5, 10, 100, or 250, this is a solid sterling silver casting with no edition. A masterpiece in its own right by the artist.
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Location: Cranston, RI, US

Auction House: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

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FELIX DE WELDON (AMERICAN, 1907-2003) THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL LITHOGRAPH ON RIVES

Lot 61153: FELIX DE WELDON (AMERICAN, 1907-2003) THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL LITHOGRAPH ON RIVES

Auction Date: Jun 08, 2018

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: Felix de Weldon (American, 1907-2003) The Iwo Jima Memorial Lithograph on Rives BFK paper 30 x 44 inches (76.2 x 111.8 cm) (sheet) Ed. 12/150 Signed and numbered in pencil along lower edge HID04901242017...

Location: Dallas, TX, US

Auction House: Heritage Auctions

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Felix de Weldon Bronze, Discus Thrower

Lot 444: Felix de Weldon Bronze, Discus Thrower

Auction Date: Jan 27, 2018

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Description: Felix de Weldon (Austrian/American, 1907-2003) bronze sculpture titled "Discus Thrower", after the Greek original by Myron. Inscribed signature on base edge and numbered 3/100. Circa 1992. 29 1/2" H x 20" W.61 lbs. Note: Felix George Weihs de Weldon was known for his historical sculpture, most notably The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington Cemetary, the Malaysian National Monument in Kuala Lampur, and Royal portrait busts for King George V and King George VI. De Weldon was appointed President of the Fine Arts Commission by President Truman in 1950. He was also teacher and director at the Newport Rhode Island Academy of Art. Provenence: Private Middle Tennessee collection. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)...

Location: Knoxville, TN, US

Auction House: Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

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Felix de Weldon (Austrian-American, 1907-2003), Bronze portrait bust of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

Lot 435: Felix de Weldon (Austrian-American, 1907-2003), Bronze portrait bust of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2017

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: Felix de Weldon (Austrian-American, 1907-2003)

Bronze portrait bust of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

Marked, "Felix de Weldon 1965."

H: 17 in.

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Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Auction House: Freeman's

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FELIX DE WELDON BRONZE SCULPTURE 1991

Lot 2070: FELIX DE WELDON BRONZE SCULPTURE 1991

Auction Date: Sep 17, 2017

Estimate: $750 - $1,000

Description: FELIX DE WELDON BRONZE SCULPTURE, 1991, H 16 7/8", W 10 1/2", D 11" "PYGMALION AND GALATEA"":Felix Weihs de Weldon [Austrian/American 1907-2003]. Signed and marked edition 87/250....

Location: Detroit, MI, US

Auction House: DuMouchelles

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[KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD.] DE WELDON, FELIX. 1907-2003. Original plaster maquette of the last sculpture bust of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, modeled mid to late 1963, completed early 1964.

Lot 319: [KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD.] DE WELDON, FELIX. 1907-2003. Original plaster maquette of the last sculpture bust of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, modeled mid to late 1963, completed early 1964.

Auction Date: Mar 08, 2017

Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000

Description: [KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD.]
DE WELDON, FELIX. 1907-2003. Original plaster maquette of the last sculpture bust of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, modeled mid to late 1963, completed early 1964.
Plaster bust painted in ochre yellow, signed and dated "Felix de Weldon 1963" at the base of the back of the neck in the plaster, and standing on a wooden pallet base, 16 1/2 inches high (with base 18 1/2 inches). Some light abrasions of the paint surface exposing the white plaster underneath, and more particularly at the extremities of the neck including wear to signature.
Provenance: The sculptor, Felix de Weldon; sold to a private collector in the 1990s.
Exhibition: "John F Kennedy; a Community Remembers," Bank Tower at Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX, 2013. The sculpture was unveiled on November 22, 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination and had not been exhibited previously.

THE LAST SCULPTURE TO BE MADE OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY. An important and unique plaster sculpture of one of the most iconic leaders of modern times, tragically assassinated before his visionary dreams for America could be completed. Felix de Weldon was an important sculptor in the post-war period, completing over 1,200 sculptures in 7 continents (one even in Antarctica). In addition to designing medals and medallions, he sculpted busts of some of the most important figures of the day. His method was to model the bust from life in plaster to create a maquette, and then create bronze versions, in small numbers, from that original.
De Weldon is best known for the Marines Corps Memorial, in the form of the image of the Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima, erected just outside Arlington cemetery. His busts of Truman in 1946, and earlier in England in the late 1930s, George V, George VI, and Edward VIII, brought him to the attention of Jacqueline Kennedy when she was looking for a sculptor to do the official bust of John F. Kennedy in the spring of 1963. De Weldon came to the White House for sittings with the President on at least two occasions in the summer and fall of that year, but the bust was still incomplete on November 22, 1963.
De Weldon continued to work on the bust at his studio in Washington DC, and Jacqueline Kennedy and Dave Powers visited him as he worked on the finished bust. De Weldon recalls in his memoirs, "After the President was assassinated, Mrs. Kennedy came to my studio to supervise the completion of the bust. When she saw the finished work for the first time, she burst into tears. This was a very sad day. I remember Mrs. Kennedy wearing white gloves, walking slowly towards the clay model, touching the corners of the lips making the image a happier John F. Kennedy." In this period de Weldon also changed the attitude of the bust by raising up the chin as if to show the President standing tall at attention, and giving the image a more noble form. The maquette was finished and approved by Mrs. Kennedy in early 1964, de Weldon then started work on the bronze version of bust. De Weldon asked if he could cast an extra bronze bust for himself, to which Jackie agreed. Jackie arranged for her bronze version to be loaned to the White House after it had been on the traveling exhibition, and there it stayed for many years in the cabinet room in the North East corner and is in the background of many photographs.
On June 4, 1964, Jackie wrote to de Weldon thanking him for all his work and how much the bust captures her husband's force and life. She wrote, "I do want to tell you how pleased I am with your bust of the President, and when it is placed in the Library, I know it will serve as a constant reminder of the President and all he means to our country. The likeness is really quite remarkable and I do appreciate your letting me work with you during the final stages of its completion. As you know, the bust which you later cast, is now part of the Kennedy traveling Museum, where it is a most fitting addition to the exhibit."
In 1979, when the new John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston was finally inaugurated, Mrs. Kennedy had the Bronze bust moved to Boston, where it takes pride of place. Dave Powers, a close personal friend of JFK, and Special Assistant to the President, was the first Director of the John F. Kennedy Library. He once commented that the de Weldon bust was one of the Kennedy family's favorite images of the President.
De Weldon retained his bronze copy in his possession, alongside this plaster maquette, but due to some financial crises in later life, had to sell the plaster maquette to a collector in the 1990s. It is the primary and the prime version of one of the finest sculptural images of President John F. Kennedy.
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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FELIX DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). PRESIDENT LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, Bronze inaugural medal by sculptor Felix de Weldon.

Lot 849: FELIX DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). PRESIDENT LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, Bronze inaugural medal by sculptor Felix de Weldon.

Auction Date: Feb 12, 2017

Estimate: $25 - $50

Description: FELIX DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). PRESIDENT LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, Bronze inaugural medal by sculptor Felix de Weldon....

Location: Chevy Chase, MD, US

Auction House: Sloans & Kenyon

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FELIX DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). PRIME MINISTER TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA AL-HA OF MALAYSIA, Bronze relief medallion, 196

Lot 388: FELIX DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). PRIME MINISTER TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA AL-HA OF MALAYSIA, Bronze relief medallion, 196

Auction Date: Feb 11, 2017

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: FELIX DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). PRIME MINISTER TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA AL-HA OF MALAYSIA, Bronze relief medallion, 1964, one of three medallions struck (others owned by Prime Minister and his son). Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Ha (1903-1990) was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1957-1970. - D: 76 mm...

Location: Chevy Chase, MD, US

Auction House: Sloans & Kenyon

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Felix de Weldon (Austrian born American sculptor, 1907-2003) sterling "Marine Corps War Memorial"

Lot 149: Felix de Weldon (Austrian born American sculptor, 1907-2003) sterling "Marine Corps War Memorial"

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2016

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Felix de Weldon (Austrian born American sculptor, 1907-2003) sterling "Marine Corps War Memorial" six Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima is cast solid sterling silver. c.1990, 12" high x 10.75" wide, 154 ozs. tarnished, acd tested...

Location: Sarasota, FL, US

Auction House: William Smith Auctions

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BRONZE IWO JIMA FLAG-RAISING BOOKENDS

Lot 820: BRONZE IWO JIMA FLAG-RAISING BOOKENDS

Auction Date: Mar 18, 2016

Estimate: $200 - $300

Description: BRONZE IWO JIMA FLAG-RAISING BOOKENDS
Lot of five cast bookeneds, ca. 1945-50, showing the raising of the flag by Marines atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, artistry based on the on the famous statue by sculptor FELIX DE WELDON (1907-2003). Three pieces are hollow cast bronze or composite painted metal, while the two slimmer bookends are solid bronze. Very good. Provenance: The War Museum
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Location: Chesapeake City, MD, US

Auction House: Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

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[KENNEDY, JOHN F.] DE WELDON, FELIX. 1907-2003. Original plaste

Lot 15: [KENNEDY, JOHN F.] DE WELDON, FELIX. 1907-2003. Original plaste

Auction Date: Jun 16, 2015

Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000

Description: [KENNEDY, JOHN F.] DE WELDON, FELIX. 1907-2003. Original plaster maquette of the bust of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, modeled mid to late 1963, completed early 1964....

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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FELIX W. DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, Bronze relief medallion. Issued by Medallic Art Co. The offic

Lot 113: FELIX W. DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, Bronze relief medallion. Issued by Medallic Art Co. The offic

Auction Date: May 21, 2015

Estimate: $20 - $40

Description: FELIX W. DE WELDON (Austrian-American, 1907-2003). LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, Bronze relief medallion. Issued by Medallic Art Co.
The official inaugural medal commemorating the inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson as 36th President of United States, Jan. 20, 1965 - D: 70 mm
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Location: Chevy Chase, MD, US

Auction House: Sloans & Kenyon

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Felix de Weldon (Austrian-American, 1903-2003), Plaque of the Ra

Lot 257: Felix de Weldon (Austrian-American, 1903-2003), Plaque of the Ra

Auction Date: Apr 29, 2015

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800

Description: Felix de Weldon (Austrian-American, 1903-2003), Plaque of the Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima, 1950-1954 11 x 9.25 in (28.5 x 24 cm)...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon bronze sculpture

Lot 91: Felix de Weldon bronze sculpture

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2015

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Felix de Weldon (American 1907-2003)- Bust of A Girl- bronze sculpture, 1982, signed Felix de Weldon / 1982 at bottom, set on marble base. 12''h...

Location: Cleveland, OH, US

Auction House: Rachel Davis Fine Arts

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Felix de Weldon bronze sculpture

Lot 90: Felix de Weldon bronze sculpture

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2015

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Felix de Weldon (American 1907-2003)- Bust of Boy- bronze sculpture, 1982, signed Felix de Weldon 1982 at bottom, set on marble base. 12''h...

Location: Cleveland, OH, US

Auction House: Rachel Davis Fine Arts

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Felix de Weldon (American, 1907-2003); MSgt.

Lot 294: Felix de Weldon (American, 1907-2003); MSgt.

Auction Date: Jun 05, 2014

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: Felix de Weldon (American, 1907-2003); MSgt. Robert H. Westmoreland and others (photographers)
11 x 14 in and smaller
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon (American 1907-2003) An original

Lot 293: Felix de Weldon (American 1907-2003) An original

Auction Date: Jun 05, 2014

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Description: Felix de Weldon (American 1907-2003)
An original plaster maquette for the Marine Corps War memorial in Arlington, 1946
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) A gold

Lot 291: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) A gold

Auction Date: Jun 05, 2014

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003)
A gold painted bas-relief plaque of the Raising of the Flag.
Washington D.C., circa 1950-54
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon (American 1907-2003) The original plaster maquette for the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington 1946

Lot 172: Felix de Weldon (American 1907-2003) The original plaster maquette for the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington 1946

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $25,000 - $30,000

Description: One of a small number of plaster maquettes made up in 1946-48, perhaps 4 or more, this one recovered from de Weldon's studio in Washington by the War Museum, and was probably used by de Weldon as the model for the Arlington Memorial. A plaster maquette was taken into Congress to be shown to the House before Congressional approval, in the unanimous vote in 1946 to support the building of a new Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington. Rather than a heavier 4 foot maquette made for the first 1945 monument, de Weldon decided that a more portable version would be more practicable. The newly agreed form of the Memorial has a definite change from the earlier monument, in that de Weldon decided to move the front figure, swinging the lead man to the right, so that the direction of the hips and shoulders became more closely aligned to the other 5 men, and closing out the gap between the lead flag planter and the other 5 flag raisers. He repositioned the arms so as to draw the lead man back towards the flag pole, in so doing giving the image, a unity of action and forward motion that was more dramatic. De Weldon said that he felt that the change made the Memorial 'more symbolic of the whole war effort of the strain and work, and the will to sacrifice'.
With 8 period photographs of the maquette in the Washington studio. 5 with the maquette bronzed and on a higher mound; and a fine example of the dedication program for the memorial, November 10, 1954.
Height 22 in. (without flag)
Length 26 in.
Width 14 in.
Weight 65lbs.

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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) A bronze-painted plaster rendering of the Film Reel award plaque given to all the members of the War Activities Committe of the Motion Picture Industry. circa 1945

Lot 170: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) A bronze-painted plaster rendering of the Film Reel award plaque given to all the members of the War Activities Committe of the Motion Picture Industry. circa 1945

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: A plaster rendering of a film reel, with 7 inset war scenes and with the Iwo Jima Flag Raising in the center, adapted to be presented to the family of Alfred Weatherby. Weatherby was a member of the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry, who died during the war.
18 x 21 in. (45.7 x 53.3)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) Memoralilia relating to the 1954 Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington Washington D.C., circa 1950-54

Lot 175: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) Memoralilia relating to the 1954 Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington Washington D.C., circa 1950-54

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: A collection of 13 items relating to the design and construction of the 1954 Marine Corps Memorial comprising:
Three pencil and charcoal sketches of preliminary designs for the design the Memorial and its base, signed FdW, one with a base in the shape of island of Iwo Jima, the others on a domed base, all substantially higher than the pedestal that it rests on today. various sizes 18in. x 24in. and smaller . Framed and glazed.
A period photograph of a model setting with the memorial in the center and landscaping around. 11in. x 14in. Framed and glazed.
A plaster model of the Arlington Memorial with a wire for a flag pole and a period flag, possibly a plaster maquette similar to the one used in the photograph above. length 8 in, height (to the flag) 11in.
8 US Marine Corps press photos showing the men and de Weldon working on the'Iwo Statue', one duplicated, de Weldon posed in various parts of the plaster memorial, the final one on an easel at lower right, showing the photograph above and 2 other plans of the Memorial. (13)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon, (American 1907- 2003) A later Bronze Builders Model Edition of the Arlington Marine Corps Memorial Plaster Maquette, one of 6 examples taken from the original 1945 plaster cast 1990

Lot 174: Felix de Weldon, (American 1907- 2003) A later Bronze Builders Model Edition of the Arlington Marine Corps Memorial Plaster Maquette, one of 6 examples taken from the original 1945 plaster cast 1990

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000

Description: A bronze sculpture, taken from the cast used for the plaster Arlington Memorial Maquettes (see lot 172), and cast in bronze by Sculpture House Inc, New York on behalf of the War Museum in 1990 pursuant to an agreement with the artist . In 1989 the original plaster-cast builders model made in 1945, was sold by Felix de Weldon to the War Museum with the right to cast 6 further bronze versions. Two were completed in 1989-90, and a further 4 made in 1992.
Height 22 x 26 x 14 in. without flag (55.9 x 66 x 35.6 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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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

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

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Description: 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.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) An Alabaster model of the Flag Raising on Iwo Jima circa 1945

Lot 167: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) An Alabaster model of the Flag Raising on Iwo Jima circa 1945

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $700 - $1,000

Description: An alabaster cast-stone model of 'The Flag Raising on Iwo Jima', unsigned, but the form and fashion of the figures identical with the de Weldon Monument. base, 8.5in x 3.5in., height 7.25in. Traces of old adhesive to the base, where formerly mounted, possibly onto wood. Some old discoloration.
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Bonhams

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Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907- 2003) The Original Iwo Jima Monument, sculpted in Washington D.C., June – September, 1945

Lot 163: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907- 2003) The Original Iwo Jima Monument, sculpted in Washington D.C., June – September, 1945

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $0 - $0

Description: The original Iwo Jima monument, cast stone over a steel skeleton welded to a steel base, the monument finished with a bronzed lacquered layer.

A SYMBOL OF WARTIME BRAVERY, OF NATIONAL UNITY, AND OF THE MARINE CORPS. THE ORIGINAL IWO JIMA MONUMENT WAS CONCEIVED BY FELIX DE WELDON ON THE EVENING OF THE 23rd FEBRUARY 1945, based on the Rosenthal photograph of the second flag raising on Iwo Jima on the 4th day of the Battle, as it came through to the naval base at Patuxent Naval Air Station, Maryland, where Felix de Weldon was stationed.

This is one of the most potent images of heroism and bravery in battle of the 20th century, the raising of the Stars and Stripes on the summit of Mount Suribachi on the fourth day of fighting for the island in February 1945 has become a symbol of American Nationalism and Unity and serves as a fitting Monument to the bravery of the Marine Corps Forces serving around the World to this very day. Who better to espouse the principles that the monument represents than the artist himself; when this Iwo Jima Monument was unveiled in Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C. outside the old Navy Building, on Constitution Avenue, the artist gave the following dedication:

'I tried to create something more than a statue – A symbol of Unison of Action and Determination, the Will to Sacrifice, and the Dedication to maintain Peace and Freedom, and to hold our Flag high.
This Flag that we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thoughts and our purpose as a Nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choice is ours...It floats in majestic silence above the multitude which executes this choice, whether in peace or in war. And yet though silent, it speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us and record they wrote upon it. It has witnessed a great history and as it floats on high, it symbolizes an event which made this country great and the Freedom for which our people have fought. It symbolizes a time on the Field of Battle when Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue'.

The Genesis and Realization of the Iwo Jima Monument:

The Iwo Jima monument is based on the famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal of the second Flag Raising at the top of Mount Suribachi on the morning of the 4th day of the battle for Iwo Jima. Joe Rosenthal, an Associated Press photographer, was attached to the Marines landing on Iwo Jima that day for their assault on Mount Suribachi. He arrived in the morning and with his bulky Speed Graphic Camera ascended mount Suribachi in the wake of the assault; halfway up he met four battered marines coming down , amongst them was Sgt Lou Lowey, a photographer for Leatherneck Magazine, who said that the flag had already been raised on the summit at 10:37. But the Marine command were not satisfied with the rather small flag erected on the top of the mountain, and ordered a second, much larger flag, to be put in its place. Rosenthal continued to climb up the mountain and once there tried to find the marines who had raised the flag to get a group picture. No one seemed able or willing to tell him where they were and so Rosenthal turned his attention to the group of Marines about to raise the second larger flag. As Rosenthal himself said:

'I thought of trying to get a shot of the two flags, one coming down the other going up, but although this turned out to be a picture Bob Campbell got, I couldn't line it up. Then I decided to get just the one flag going up, and I backed off about 35 feet.... out of the corner of my eye, as I had turned toward Genaust, I had seen the men start the flag up. I swung my camera and shot the scene.'

Rosenthal didn't know what he had taken, he gathered the men into a group under the flag and took a second photo of the flag raising group then he slid and ran down the mountain, to give his film over to be airlifted by seaplane to CINPAC HQ in Guam where they arrived at 8am (local time). There the developed pictures were given to AP photo editor John Bodkin. He apparently selected the famous photo and sent the image to the Navy's wireless receiving stations in the US and to the AP headquarters in New York. The photo arrived in time to be on the front pages of most Sunday newspapers on February 25th 1945. The photograph caused a sensation!

One of the wireless receiving stations it was sent to was Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland, established in 1943 and then one of the Pentagon's largest wireless communications stations. Combat photographs came into the station because they had an advanced photo lab, and its distance from Washington provided clear radio reception. At Patuxent, a young naval rating, Felix de Weldon was serving as a Painters Mate First Class, but was in fact an Artist of Naval Aviation. He became accustomed to check the wireless picture receiver on a regular basis, and the executive officer, Commander T.B. Clarke, would often call him in to look at good combat images. When the Rosenthal photograph came through de Weldon knew it was a special image and asked Commander Clarke if he could make a model of the flag raising. A maquette was quickly sculpted that night and over the weekend by the young naval rating, from a mixture of floor and ceiling wax gathered from the kitchens. Commander Clarke saw the wax maquette and called in his Commanding Officer and de Weldon was sent with his model to Washington to Admiral Denfield, Chief of Naval Personnel. Denfield transferred de Weldon to his office and showed the maquette to General Vandegrift, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Vandegrift insisted it stay in his office and arranged to have de Weldon transferred to the Marine Corps, where he was given an office in the Naval Annex in Arlington. It was to that office that the three surviving flag raisers Hayes, Gagnon and Bradley, were brought when they were lifted out of Iwo Jima a few weeks later. Here in Arlington, de Weldon worked on his plans for the Iwo Jima Monument. Several members of Congress came to see the maquette, and many began to call for the construction of a huge statue based on the model. From the 4 foot wax original de Weldon cast 4 plaster versions, one of which was given to President Truman (now displayed at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri) the other two plaster versions of the wax maquette languished in his new studio. De Weldon was discharged from the Navy, but that did not interrupt his plan for the Iwo Jima Monument. De Weldon and the Marine Corps worked together after his discharge. The Marine Corps secured a site in front of the Navy Department Building on Constitution Avenue (now the Federal Reserve Building). At the same time the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal (who had himself witnessed the flag raising) gave congressional approval for a voluntary committee of friends of the Marine Corps 'for the acquisition of the statue and its preservation in an attractive location in Washington City'. De Weldon soon acquired the large studio in Randolf Street of the 18th century sculptor Paul Bartlett, and there he built both this original 1945 Monument and the 1954 Marine Corps Memorial, as well as many other statues and monuments.

In Orders of 28th June 1945 five marines were detailed to report to de Weldon to serve as 'models and helpers in assembling and moving material which will go into the construction of this memorial. In View of the fact that they will spend much of their time posing as models, it is important that the men chosen be excellent physical specimens and representative of the Corps.' To assist him in the project, de Weldon also chose an old New York art associate, Bill Petsco, as a construction foreman and supervising sculptor. Petsco commuted to Washington every week and within 3 months the 4 foot model had been sc
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Felix de Weldon. (American, 1907-2003) The original plaster maquette bas-relief for a monumental memorial [Washington D.C.]; circa 1945-1950

Lot 165: Felix de Weldon. (American, 1907-2003) The original plaster maquette bas-relief for a monumental memorial [Washington D.C.]; circa 1945-1950

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000

Description: The plaster maquette planned to be a memorial, but in fact incorporated as a brass plaque into the Monument on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima Island erected in the 1950s.
11in. x 9.25in.

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Location: New York, NY, US

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Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) A cast bronze bas-relief of the Raising of the Flag Washington D.C., circa 1950-54

Lot 166: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003) A cast bronze bas-relief of the Raising of the Flag Washington D.C., circa 1950-54

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2013

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: A cast bronze bas-relief, the front painted green, similar to the one incorporated into the Monument on the summit Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima Island.
11in. x 9.25in.
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Location: New York, NY, US

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Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003), Four plaster sculpture molds

Lot 124: Felix de Weldon, (American, 1907-2003), Four plaster sculpture molds

Auction Date: Jan 31, 2010

Estimate: $200 - $300

Description: Felix de Weldon
(American, 1907-2003)
Four plaster sculpture molds
Provenance states from the Studio of Felix de Weldon, sculptor of the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial Monument
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Location: Towson, MD, US

Auction House: Alex Cooper

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FELIX DE WELDON (American, 1907-2003). PLASTER MODEL FOR THE ROUND PLAQUE ON THE BASE OF THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL, signed, the format slig

Lot 1221: FELIX DE WELDON (American, 1907-2003). PLASTER MODEL FOR THE ROUND PLAQUE ON THE BASE OF THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL, signed, the format slig

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2009

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Description: FELIX DE WELDON (American, 1907-2003). PLASTER MODEL FOR THE ROUND PLAQUE ON THE BASE OF THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL, signed, the format slightly different from the final version, reading "Iwo Jima Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue 1946."
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Location: Chevy Chase, MD, US

Auction House: Sloans & Kenyon

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FELIX DE WELDON. (American, 1907-2003). TWO PLASTER MODELS OF AMMUNITION BAGS FOR THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL,

Lot 1219: FELIX DE WELDON. (American, 1907-2003). TWO PLASTER MODELS OF AMMUNITION BAGS FOR THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL,

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2009

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: FELIX DE WELDON. (American, 1907-2003). TWO PLASTER MODELS OF AMMUNITION BAGS FOR THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL,...

Location: Chevy Chase, MD, US

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FELIX DE WELDON. (American, 1907-2003). FIVE PLASTER CASTS FOR MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE, including several for the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Lot 1220: FELIX DE WELDON. (American, 1907-2003). FIVE PLASTER CASTS FOR MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE, including several for the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2009

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: FELIX DE WELDON. (American, 1907-2003). FIVE PLASTER CASTS FOR MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE, including several for the Iwo Jima Memorial....

Location: Chevy Chase, MD, US

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