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Original Arlington Cemetery Urns to Be Auctioned Off
Original Arlington Cemetery Urns to Be Auctioned Off

Two historic marble urns will be auctioned off on January 30th at The Potomack Company Auctions in Alexandria, VA. The urns, original to Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater, stand at 9 feet tall and are made of white marble. The urns stood near The Tomb of the Unknowns during memorial services that were attended by every American president of the 20th and 21st centuries. Moreover, they were custom built by one of America's leading early 20th century architectural firms, Carrere
and Hastings, for Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Amphitheater.

The urns will be auctioned off, and The Potomack Company projects they will sell for somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000. The urn bases are currently at the Potomack Company, a fine art and antique auction gallery located at 526 N. Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria. Elizabeth Wainstein of the Potomack Company said, "The Potomack Company is honored to have been asked to sell these urns on behalf DHS Designs.”

The public auction will be held January 29th and 30th. Wainstein said, “The auction will include not only the urns but over 800 objects from the DHS inventory.” She also explained how at this time, “It is hard to predict who will be the successful bidder, but we hope it will be either an individual or institution who will continue to preserve them.”