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Carter Center Auction Raises $1.5 Million for Peace and Health Programs

Contact: Deanna Congileo,

ATLANTA, GA…The annual Carter Center Weekend auction held June 27-28 in Vail, Colo., raised more than $1.5 million to benefit the not-for-profit Center's work to advance peace and health worldwide.

The highest bid was for an original painting by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which sold for $210,000. More than 150 items were offered for public auction, including original artwork and woodwork by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, rare books and photos signed by former U.S. Presidents, and luxury vacations.

"Rosalynn and I thank all of our supporters who bought items at Carter Center Weekend. Their generosity will help improve the lives of millions of people worldwide," said President Carter. "Together with our partners, The Carter Center is helping some of the world's poorest and most isolated communities build a better future." 

Other top bids in the live auction included:

  • A collection of books by or about 31 U.S. Presidents (Fillmore–Obama) containing their original signatures, $145,000
  • Fly-fishing experience with the Carters, $130,000
  • A handmade coffee table by President Carter, $110,000

President and Mrs. Carter participate each year in the four-day retreat with friends and supporters — held this year at the Vail Cascade Spa & Resort — culminating in an auction to benefit The Carter Center.


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

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