'Washington Crossing the Delaware' painting from the White House to be auctioned after controversy of Trump twist on it

THE 'Washington Crossing the Delaware' painting is set to be auctioned off in May.

The famous paining is expected to bring in up to $20million.

Only three of the Washington Crossing the Delaware paintings exist. One will be auctioned, another was destroyed during WWI, and the other one is at theMetropolitan Museum of Art in the American Wing.

The 1851 oil painting was done by Emanuel Leutze who captured the first American president leading troops during the American Revolution, according to CNN.

In 2018, a conservative artist, Jon McNaughton, paid homage to the iconic painting by depicting Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, press secretary Sarah Sanders and other members of the Trump administration rowing across water, according to ABC News.

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In the original painting, Leutze showed Washington was trying to conduct a surprise act on a Hessian garrison of approximately 1,400 soldiers, according to Fox News.

The artist deliberately showed a variety of people that represented the melting pot in the US.

Viewers will be able to see a black solider, a solider wearing a Scottish bonnet, and moccasins and buckskin clothing suggesting as a nod towards Native Americans.

The painting that will be auctioned off used to hang in the White House's West Wing from the 1970s to 2014, according to Fox News.

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The painting that will be given is a smaller version of the one of at The Met.

The famed museum has a painting that is 12.4 x 21.25 ft. while the one that hung in the White House is 3×6 ft. according to CNN.

A reenactment of this famed moment happens every year and draws in crowds to the backs of the Washington River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In 2021, the playacting celebrated its 241th anniversary.

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