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Raising of Flag at Iwo Jima, This is the most famous 20th century and World War II photograph ever taken. A very historically important and rare original from-life photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal February 23, 1945 and printed later, with the photographers copyright stamp on the verso. An original just like this photograph, signed by 3 of the participants at the flag raising sold for $34,500. at Sotheby’s, April 28, 1999.

On February 23, 1945, forty Marines climbed Mount Suribachi in order to plant the American Flag on the top of the hill. Joe Rosenthal, an AP photographer took this everlasting shot of the event. This famous photograph of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, soon became the universal symbol that it still is today. Joe Rosenthal received the Pulitzer Prize for this master piece.

There are six Flag Raisers in the photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

Unlike most of the extant prints of this famous image (many of them photographs transmitted by wire), this photograph is hand signed. It is not a modern copy, but an original produced from the original negative. The photographic paper used is one of high quality and thickness. This print is further distinguished by its unusually large size. The size of the photograph is approximately 16" x 20" inches.