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Johnny Cash's Prized Guitars, Suits Hit Auction Block

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Johnny Cash's Prized Guitars, Suits Hit Auction Block 1

The suit Johnny Cash wore when this iconic photo was taken is up for sale.

Johnny Cash’s prized possessions including guitars, costumes and other memorabilia are heading for the auction block in Los Angeles in December. The gear will go on display in Beverly Hills next month and is expected to fetch $400,000 to $600,000.

An earlier auction at Sotheby’s, designed to pay estate taxes after Cash and his wife June Carter Cash died, raised almost $4 million, according to Julien’s Auctions.

Among the items up for sale are a blue denim jumpsuit worn by Cash in the infamous 1969 Jim Marshall photograph in which he flips the finger at the camera. The photo was later used for an ad aimed at the music industry.
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The suit, embroidered on the front with “Johnny Cash Show” and “Cash,” is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000, but could sell for as much as $40,000 according to company president and chief executive Darren Julien.

Cash’s Martin D-28 acoustic, on which he wrote the first four lines of “I Walk the Line” is estimated to sell for up to $30,000. In includes Cash’s autograph.

A Bruce Springsteen note addressed to “Big John” is up for $500 to $700. “Here’s my latest (album),” Bruce writes. “It’s got a lot of country + folk influences + I thought you might get a kick out of it.”

Also included is Cash’s famous cape, which is expected to sell for up to $3,000.

The auction is already attracting strong interest from investors and overseas fans, said Julien.

“Johnny Cash is very much a global icon. His fan base is as extensive as Michael Jackson’s,” he said.

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