Carter Center auction raises $1.5 million

Coffee table constructed of antique oak flooring, handmade by former President Jimmy Carter in 2002 as a gift to Lloyd Troyer, a leader in the effort to renovate downtown Plains, Georgia, Carter's hometown. Troyer and his wife, Loretta, donated the table to the recent auction benefiting The Carter Center, where it sold for $110,000. Image courtesy of The Carter Center.

Coffee table constructed of antique oak flooring, handmade by former President Jimmy Carter in 2002 as a gift to Lloyd Troyer, a leader in the effort to renovate downtown Plains, Georgia, Carter’s hometown. Troyer and his wife, Loretta, donated the table to the recent auction benefiting The Carter Center, where it sold for $110,000. Image courtesy of The Carter Center.

ATLANTA (AP) – A recent auction held by The Carter Center has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit the not-for-profit’s worldwide health and peace programs.

Center officials say the highest bid was for an original painting by former President Jimmy Carter, which sold for $210,000. More than 150 items were offered during the auction, which was held last weekend in Vail, Colorado, during the annual Carter Center Weekend.

Other top bids included $145,000 for a collection of books by or about 31 presidents with original signatures and $130,000 for a fly-fishing experience with the Carters. A handmade coffee table by Carter also drew $110,000.

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University.

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Coffee table constructed of antique oak flooring, handmade by former President Jimmy Carter in 2002 as a gift to Lloyd Troyer, a leader in the effort to renovate downtown Plains, Georgia, Carter's hometown. Troyer and his wife, Loretta, donated the table to the recent auction benefiting The Carter Center, where it sold for $110,000. Image courtesy of The Carter Center.

Coffee table constructed of antique oak flooring, handmade by former President Jimmy Carter in 2002 as a gift to Lloyd Troyer, a leader in the effort to renovate downtown Plains, Georgia, Carter’s hometown. Troyer and his wife, Loretta, donated the table to the recent auction benefiting The Carter Center, where it sold for $110,000. Image courtesy of The Carter Center.