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Sotheby’s to sell Johnny Cash belongings

The sale of items, including his black pickup, could fetch $1.5 million
/ Source: Reuters

Sotheby’s will auction possessions of late country singer Johnny Cash, including a black pickup truck and black fringed suede jacket, in a sale that could bring in some $1.5 million, the company said Thursday.

The sale, which will include objects belonging to the singer’s late wife, June Carter Cash, takes place on Sept. 14-15. It will feature more than 650 lots, including instruments, handwritten lyrics, gold and platinum records and even Cash’s collection of honorary sheriff badges.

The more than 50 instruments include a piano, banjos, harmonicas, guitar picks and a custom Martin guitar, appropriately colored black, designed for Cash, who died at age 71 in September 2003. June Carter Cash died earlier that year.

Handwritten lyrics for “I Get So Doggone Lonesome,” are estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000, while Cash’s 2002 Ford pickup truck is estimated to sell for $15,000 to $25,000, Sotheby’s said, noting Cash’s voice was used in a Ford ad in 2002.

The suede jacket is estimated to fetch between $3,000 and $5,000 and a long black blanket coat could sell for $6,000 to $8,000. Other clothing includes boots, hats and dusters that belonged to the 13-time Grammy Award winner known for such hits as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Ring of Fire” and and “I Walk the Line.”

Other items include credit cards, driver’s licenses, passports and canceled checks.

Not all the items have been cataloged and priced yet, Sotheby’s said.