This rare 1945 color photo provided by Rodney Hilton Brown shows the original, smaller 12 1/2-foot (4 meter) cast stone version of Felix de Weldon's iconic statue depicting soldiers rai

 

              This rare 1945 color photo provided by Rodney Hilton Brown shows the original, smaller 12 1/2-foot (4 meter) cast stone version of Felix de Weldon
This rare 1945 color photo provided by Rodney Hilton Brown shows the original, smaller 12 1/2-foot (4 meter) cast stone version of Felix de Weldon's iconic statue depicting soldiers raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, in front of the old Navy Department Building, now the Federal Reserve Building, on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. The statue, which was the precursor to de Weldon's much larger bronze Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., is expected to fetch up to $1.8 million when it goes on sale at Bonham's auction house in New York on Feb. 22, 2013. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning photo by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, the stone statue was removed in 1947 and hidden under a tarp at the artist's studio for four decades. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Rodney Hilton Brown)