Former President Jimmy Carter’s Paint Brushes, Signed Print Net $1 Million At Auction

Art supplies once used by former President Jimmy Carter sold for a staggering amount. During the 2024 Carter Center Weekend auction, a collector forked over $1 million for 16 paint brushes, 37 tubes of different kinds of oil paints and a Carter-signed giclée print.

Paint brushes, oil paints and print of former President Jimmy Carter
Paint brushes, oil paints and print of former President Jimmy Carter. (credit: The Carter Center)

The original estimate for these items? Just $2,000.

“In the 1980s, President Carter embraced the world of oil painting as a passionate pursuit during his leisure hours. Transforming his home woodworking shop into a studio, his artistic endeavors have resulted in over a hundred captivating works. This lot includes the tools he used to create these pieces. A handsome leather brush bucket, 13 inches tall with a 9-inch-diameter rim, holds a water pitcher containing 16 paint brushes. A well-used metal bucket, 7 inches tall and 8 1/2 inches in diameter at the top, holds 37 individual tubes of oil paints in various colors (brands include Rembrandt, Blick Artists, and Grumbacher),” the description lot from The Carter Center reads.

The giclée print is of a painting Carter completed in 2005 showing The Carter Center as seen from a lake below its Japanese Garden. The print is numbered 37/50 and signed by the former president.

The original painting hangs in the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

Other auction items included:

  • Guitar autographed by Stevie Nicks, $250,000
  • Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, $210,000
  • Autographed photograph of Rosalynn Carter, $100,000
  • Signed President Carter first pitch photo, $100,000
  • President Carter’s fly-fishing memorabilia, $50,000
  • Muhammad Ali memorabilia, $25,000
  • A one-of-a-kind turned umbrella/cane vase crafted by Russ Filbeck, $18,000
  • Autographed photograph of four former presidents – Carter, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Gerald Ford, $16,000

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued generosity and commitment of our loyal supporters,” says Paige Alexander, CEO of The Carter Center. “These contributions will advance The Carter Center’s ongoing work to promote peace and health around the world.”

The 99-year-old former president has been in hospice for over a year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that plans are being made to celebrate Carter’s 100th birthday in October.

Carter’s wife, Rosalynn Carter, died last November at the age of 96. The couple was married for 77 years.

Overall, the auction sales and donations brought in more than $2.8 million for the nonprofit organization. The proceeds will be given to The Carter Center’s ongoing initiatives to promote peace and combat disease in the world’s most underserved and marginalized communities.

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