Jimmy Carter’s Nepal vest auctioned for $10,000

A blue election observer flak jacket worn by former US President Jimmy Carter in Nepal’s 2013 Constituent Assembly poll has fetched $10,000 at a charity auction in Leesburg Virginia on 29 June.

Although valued at $1,000 for the auction, the vest, name tag and an autographed photo of Carter greeting a Nepali voter carrying a child was auctioned for ten times the amount. Carter personally visited Nepal twice for election monitoring missions supported by his Centre.

All photos: KAI BIRD

The weekend auctions raise money for The Carter Centre’s human rights, shelter and health projects around the world. Among the other items auctioned on Saturday included a handcrafted wooden chest built by Carter himself, signed photographs of five US presidents, and guitars signed by Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones and Carter himself. Besides the Nepal election memorabilia, there are also vests from the 1980 Carter-Mondale presidential election campaign.

The auctions have been held regularly since 1992, and have raised over $31million.

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