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Presidential art, rock music memorabilia up for bid during Carter Center benefit auction
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An original painting by President Jimmy Carter, guitars autographed by Bonnie Raitt and Jeff Beck, and memorabilia commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama are among the more than 150 items to be auctioned on Saturday, June 24, to benefit The Carter Center.

Proceeds will support the Center's work to advance peace and health in the U.S. and across the globe. Last year’s auction raised $4.4 million for the Center’s global mission.

The auction is part of Carter Center Weekend, a retreat for Center supporters June 21-25 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Anyone can view the live auction and silent auction catalogs and can bid on items by fax or proxy.

One item is an Atlanta Braves experience that includes four tickets to a 2023 regular-season Braves home game, a valet parking pass, unlimited food and beverages at the game, a $1,000 gift card, a stay at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, and a framed photograph of then-Governor Jimmy Carter and Braves legend Hank Aaron.

Auction-goers also can bid on guitars autographed by Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, the Zac Brown Band, the Moody Blues and the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck.

Additional noteworthy items include:

  • A striking bronze bust of President Carter.
  • His-and-hers bathrobes with “James Carter” and “Rosalynn Carter” embroidered on them. The lot also includes two hand towels, one with “R.C.” embroidered on it.
  • A President Carter inaugural collage, which includes a photograph of President and Mrs. Carter walking in the inaugural parade, an inaugural invitation signed by both and a copy of the president’s oath of office that he signed.
  • Fly-fishing memorabilia that includes two fly-fishing rods with “Jimmy Carter” printed on the handles.
  • A hand-turned wooden bowl by Mike Snegg made from Norfolk Island pine from Kauai, Hawaii.
  • Vacations to Hawaii, France, San Francisco and Martha’s Vineyard.
  • A pencil sketch of President Carter by Ken Garot.

Carter Center Weekend auctions support activities of The Carter Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 


About The Carter Center and Emory University

The Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

After leaving the White House, President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter decided to commit themselves to the advancement of peace and human rights. They sought a partner and saw in Emory University an institution whose values they shared. In conversation with then-Emory President James T. Laney, they became convinced that the center they hoped to build could draw on the university’s unique resources and serve the world in remarkable ways.

The partnership between Emory and The Carter Center now spans four decades of collaboration in the service of humanity.

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