Here's a request from a Manx Americaphile

I am looking for an official Maquette of the Iwo Jima statue made of solid bronze that is an exact copy of the famous USMC Memorial at Arlington. The sculptor, was a man called Felix de Weldon who died in 2003. His signature was engraved on a number of maquettes (quantity unknown ) and it is one of the originals that I would very much like to acquire.

There are lots of copies available made in different materials but these are not what I’m looking for. I hope I am not asking for the moon, but an authentic, signed maquette, its got to be !

If anyone knows where we could find such a thing — please leave a comment or email me at the address above.