Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Auction Today April 18 at Christie's Flag Raising Photo

  1. #1
    Administrator Neil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    South West

    Auction Today April 18 at Christie's Flag Raising Photo

    For Immediate Release
    April 2, 2002

    Contact: Margaret Doyle 212.636.2680


    Proceeds from the Sale of Newspaper Photographer's Celebrated Image to Benefit Charity
    April 18, 2002

    New York, NY - An original print of Firefighters at Ground Zero, September 11, 2001, the iconic photograph of three New York City firefighters erecting a U.S. flag on the World Trade Center site on September 11, autographed by the photographer and the three firemen pictured, will be offered at Christie's sale of Photographs on April 18, at Rockefeller Center.

    The auction also will include an autographed copy of Ground Zero Spirit (Pediment Publishing), a commemorative book of photographs taken during the events of September 11 and their immediate aftermath that features this image on its cover. The book is autographed not only by the photographer, Thomas E. Franklin and by the three firefighters, but also by all of the other photographers whose images are contained in the book.

    The photograph and the book, estimated at $3,000-5,000 and $1,000-1,500 respectively, will be sold as separate lots at the end of the afternoon session of Christie's April 18 sale of photographs.

    Both items have been consigned by the North Jersey Media Group, parent company of The Record (Bergen County, NJ) and the Herald News (Passaic County, NJ). The now-famous image of the three firefighters was taken by Record staff photographer Thomas E. Franklin, who had been on assignment at the site on September 11. All of the other photographs appearing in Ground Zero Spirit were taken by staff photographers of The Record and the Herald News.

    The only other existing original print of Firefighters at Ground Zero, September 11, 2001, signed by the photographer, was given to President George W. Bush on March 11 at the White House upon the unveiling of a new "semipostal" stamp that will bear this image.

    "In the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, there were few images as hopeful and healing as that of three firefighters raising the U.S. flag in the rubble of the World Trade Center," said Leila Buckjune, Head of Christie's Photographs department in New York. "It will be an enduring symbol of the extraordinary bravery of New York firefighters, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to participate in a sale that will benefit families affected by September 11."

    Proceeds from the sales of both items will benefit two charities: The North Jersey Media Group Disaster Relief Fund, which assists the approximately 400 families in Northern New Jersey who lost a family member on September 11, and The Bravest Fund, a charitable organization established by the three firemen in the photograph to aid families of firefighters who died in the disaster. These are the only September 11 funds endorsed by The Record (which holds the copyright), the photographer and the three firefighters. More information on both funds is available at

    Auction: Photographs: April 18 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
    The September 11 photograph and book will be offered as the last two lots of the afternoon session, and will go on the block at approximately 3:30 p.m.

    Viewing: Christie's Galleries at Rockefeller Center April 15-17 20 Rockefeller Plaza

    # # #

    Images available

  2. #2
    Registered User SeaBreeze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002

    Famed WTC Flag Photo Fetches 89G

    Famed WTC Flag Photo Fetches 89G

    A Queens pharmaceutical executive paid $89,000 yesterday for the original print of the photograph of three city firefighters raising a U.S. flag at the burning ruins of the World Trade Center.

    The print, called "Firefighters at Ground Zero, September 11, 2001," was auctioned at Christie's, which had predicted the photo would go for $5,000.

    It was purchased by Stewart Rahr, president of KinRay, for $89,625. Rahr plans to hang the photograph in the lobby of the drug company's Whitestone headquarters.

    The 14-by-9 1/4-inch photograph was signed by the photographer, Thomas Franklin of The Record in Bergen County, N.J., and the three firefighters captured by his camera's lens: Dan McWilliams, George Johnson and Billy Eisengrein.

    Two charities, North Jersey Media Group Disaster Relief Fund and The Bravest Fund, will benefit from the sale of the print.

    Austin Fenner

    Original Publication Date: 4/19/02

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts