Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
A drawing of Plains, Ga., autographed by President and Mrs. Carter, was worth more than the classic 1911 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica - but then it was a Democratic audience doing the bidding Thursday.
They showed their party loyalty by bidding $275 for the autographed view of Plains while a long weekend for two at a Hilton Head resort was worth only $150.
The 29 volumes with index of 11th edition of the Britannica - in quite reasonable condition - was won with great surprise by Mary Lou Grote, who didn't think her $77 had a chance in the silent bidding part of the auction.
Just one paperbound volume brought $140 Thursday night at the fifth annual auction of the Woman's National Democratic Club. But then, that paper volume was the transcript of the House proceedings on the impeachment of Richard M. Nixon signed by all the members of the House Judiciary Committee.
Joan Mondale, the Vice President's wife and honorary chairman of the event, came before the dinner-auction to shake hands and urge those attending to "buy Democratic." She wasn't there when her size-8 long-skirted ensemble with a navy-blue sweater top was sold for $100 to the Democratic cause.
Among the items auctioned were a Maserati auto horn, yoga classes, a weekend on Cape Cod, a marine waste-treatment system, a home-security system, and a bottle of Prohibition whiskey with the seal unbrokern.
The biggest money-raiser in the live bidding came for a seven-night cruise for two down the Mississippi aboard either the Delta Queen or the Mississippi Queen. To auction off this event Bodine Jackson Balasco, who swears that is the name on his birth certificate and driver's license, auctioned off the Mississippi steamer trip.
Balasco, who rides the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen and bills himself as the last of the riverboat gamblers, and dresses to play that role, said the trip was a steal at the $900 bid because it regularly costs $1,400 "and that's if you don't gamble."
A piece of Plains - wood guaranteed to come from the exterior wall of the Seaboard Depot in Plains, Ga. - cost Esther Coopersmith $5. She said she was buying it to add to the political memorabilia collected by her 17-year-old son, Jeffrey.
Carol Berman, whose husband, Michael, is counsel to Vice President Mondale, won a day at a spa and a slimnastics course with her bids of $12 and $2 respectively. A speech pathologist looking for a job, Berman said the session will help fill up her time until she goes to work again.