An Alabama-made Confederate flag is up for auction in the US after it was mistakenly painted with the words “Don’t Tread On Me” in a photo with a family member.
The flag, which was bought by a woman from New Jersey for $1,400, was painted over the words on Wednesday in a photograph with her mother and grandmother.
The family members were photographed on a family vacation in the Caribbean island of St Martin.
The painting is one of the first to show up on the auction block.
It was first spotted by local ABC affiliate WAGT, who ran a story on the story on Thursday.
The buyer, a woman named Jennifer, told the station that her mother bought the flag in 2015.
“I think that it’s very important for people to know that our flag is not a symbol of hatred or anything like that,” she said.
“It’s about love and acceptance and the people of Alabama.”
My mother, who is not the president of the United States, is from Alabama and I think that the flag has been very much part of the fabric of Alabama since the time of Jim Crow,” she added.
The Alabama State Historical Society said it’s investigating the painting, which went for $2,500, and will decide whether to take it down.
The state flag was changed from the one displayed in Washington in December to a more neutral flag.
It was approved by Alabama’s state legislature in August.