Other top draws among the more than 150 items in this year’s auction were: “Imagine Peace,” a silk screen that was signed by the artist Yoko Ono, which sold for $145,000; a framed and autographed photo of five first ladies, including Rosalynn Carter ($130,000); a mahogany four-poster bed designed by President Carter and created by master furniture maker Andrew Reid ($80,000); a guitar autographed by music superstar Paul Simon ($60,000), and wine and memorabilia from Skywalker Ranch Vineyards ($50,000).
Paula Deen reacts to a comment from painting instructor James Richards Saturday morning in Plains as Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter listen. The morning class was part of “Painting, Paula and a President,” a daylong event in Plains that brought together the TV chef and the former president for a unique fundraiser. Photo by Jill Vejnoska firstname.lastname@example.org
This wasn't the first time Carter's interest in painting has been used for a good cause. Last year, he joined forces with his friend, celebrity chef Paula Deen, to host a weekend entitled, "Painting, Paula and a President" in his hometown of Plains. The centerpiece of the weekend, which raised money for a pair of nonprofit organizations in Plains, was a painting class which 50 people paid $500 apiece to attend along with Deen and Carter.
The auction catalogue and winning bids can be viewed online at auction.cartercenter.org.