Jimmy Carter painting brings $750,000 during record-setting auction

An oil painting of crabapple blossoms by former President Jimmy Carter received the highest bid of $750,000 during a record-setting auction during this year's Carter Center Weekend in Annapolis.

The event, which benefits the center’s global work , raised $3,724,000 — more than twice the amount raised at any previous auction.

The 150 items in this year’s silent and live auction included fine art, vacations, presidential memorabilia, autographed guitars and sports souvenirs.

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

  • Farm table with six chairs handcrafted by Carter and other artists, $600,000

  • Signed photograph of five U.S. presidents, $285,000
  • John F. Mello handmade guitar, $70,000
  • Hawaiian paradise vacation, $55,500
  • Two Jerome Lawrence original paintings, $52,500 each


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