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Carter Center Auction Raises nearly $1.8 Million

Contact: Soyia Ellison,

ATLANTA - An auction held during this year's annual Carter Center Weekend, which took place June 24-28 in Vail, Colorado, brought in just under $1.8 million, making it the Center's most successful auction to date.

All proceeds will benefit the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries.

The 160 items in this year's silent and live auction included fine art, dream vacations, presidential memorabilia, and autographed guitars and sports souvenirs. The highest bid was for an original oil painting by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which sold for $250,000.

"Rosalynn and I offer our sincere thanks to all the supporters who helped make this auction a success," Carter said. "Their generosity will help make the world a healthier and more peaceful place."

Other items that drew top bids in this year's auction included:

  • Fly-fishing trip with President and Mrs. Carter at Brigadoon Lodge, $160,000
  • Signed photograph of four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, $125,000
  • Two Jerome Lawrence original paintings, $100,000 and $57,000
  • Guitars signed by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, $65,000 each
  • Autographed photo of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" hockey team, $57,500
  • National Geographic Expedition to Alaska, $32,500
  • Vintage Equal Rights Amendment poster, $20,500
  • President Carter's signed cowboy boots, $10,000


"Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope."
A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

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