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ATLANTA…A coffee table crafted by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter from preserved antique oak flooring from his hometown of Plains, Ga., is among more than 150 items to be auctioned June 28, 2014, to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. Funds raised will support the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries. President and Mrs. Carter will join friends and supporters for the auction and other activities during a four-day recreational retreat June 25-29, 2014, in Vail. Colo.
Last year, the highest bid item was a handmade stool by President Jimmy Carter, which sold for $300,000. The woodworking piece being auctioned June 28 was crafted by President Carter from the flooring removed from buildings in Plains during renovations on Main Street in 2002. The leader of the renovation was Lloyd Troyer, and as a reward for his hard work, President Carter, made this coffee table for Lloyd and his wife, Loretta. The table comes with a booklet of 12 of President Carter's photos of the construction with handwritten notes on the process of making it. President Carter recently refinished the table for auction.
The auction has both live and silent components with bidding accepted via online form or fax (see bidding information below).
Other notable items in this year's live auction catalog include:
- An original painting by President Carter, and several signed giclée prints of his artwork.
- A collection of books by or about 31 U.S. Presidents (Fillmore–Obama) containing their original signatures.
- A beautiful vintage 1995 Corvette.
- An original Ansel Adams photograph of President Carter, the only president Adams ever photographed.
- A photograph of eight Nobel Peace Prize laureates signed by each of them and photographer Annie Leibovitz.
- A framed plate featuring images of 35 U.S. presidents signed by seven additional ones (Nixon–W. Bush).
- A 141-page "insiders" manual on how to prepare correspondence in the White House, signed by President Carter.
- John Wayne and Western memorabilia, including copies of correspondence between the actor, who supported passage of the Panama Canal treaties, and President Carter.
- Vacations to Rome, Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, Shanghai, Pebble Beach (CA), and more.
- A football with the Heisman Trophy logo, signed by 26 Heisman Trophy winners, including 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and 2013 winner Jameis Winston.
- A fly-fishing trip with President and Mrs. Carter at the fabulous Brigadoon Lodge.
- A film screening for 10 people hosted by Sherry Lansing, former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, in her Hollywood home.
- Signed photographs of President Carter with other presidents, including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Since its inception, Carter Weekend auctions have raised approximately $18 million to support the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten communities.
Live Auction Catalog
This autographed photo of five presidents is #45 in the live auction catalog.
This original oil painting by President Carter is #80 in the live auction catalog.
Silent Auction Catalog
This handcrafted, Jumbo India Cutaway guitar is #7 in the silent auction catalog.
This cabin getaway near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is #23 in the silent auction catalog.