Roddick's self-portrait sells for more than Federer and Nadal's

Ask someone to name the greatest artists in history and the names you'll inevitably hear -- Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Monet, ABBA -- will have a decidedly un-American feel. Andy Roddick is doing his part to change that.

In one of the biggest upsets of the ATP season, the American's self-portrait sold for more money than the Art of Tennis pieces created by the seven Europeans he joined in the ATP World Tour Finals. (Clears throat, starts "USA!" chant.) Either Roddick is starting a new American artistic renaissance or Brooklyn Decker opened an eBay account.

Like most, I had assumed Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal would bring in the most money during the auction of the "art ball" works. They're the most famous and the top-two players in the world. The two met in the final, while Roddick didn't make it to the semis. Any art appraiser would have agreed.

The auction raised $127,755 for charity -- 50 percent of which to the "Save the Children" charity and 50 percent which went to charities of the player's choosing.

The final tallies (in order of least to greatest sale price)

8. Tomas Berdych

Sold for: $3,001

7. David Ferrer

Sold for: $3,350


6. Robin Soderling

Sold for: $5,100

5. Andy Murray

Sold for: $7,301

4. Novak Djokovic

Sold for: $22,103

3. Rafael Nadal

Sold for: $26,500

2. Roger Federer

Sold for: $27,300

1. Andy Roddick

Sold for: $33,100


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