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Johnny Cash's jumpsuit ties for top dollar at auction

December 6, 2010 | 12:09 pm


The jumpsuit Johnny Cash wore during a rehearsal for his live "At San Quentin" album in February 1969 sold for $50,000 at a Dec. 5 auction in Beverly Hills, making it -- and a signed Martin guitar owned by the late country-music legend that sold for the same amount -- the two most expensive items of the lot.

Three other pieces of the Man in Black's wardrobe were among the top 10 items that fetched the highest bids: a bicentennial-themed shirt made by Nudie Cohen (which sold for $25,000), a pair of alligator and leather boots ($22,400) and a black Nudie Cohen stage ensemble ($13,750), with each item selling for four to 10 times the pre-auction estimate listed by Julien's Auctions.

That's serious Cash -- in both senses of the word.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: At a Dec. 5 auction, the top-selling pieces from the late Johnny Cash's wardrobe were (from left) a jumpsuit ($50,000), a bicentennial shirt ($25,000), a pair of boots ($22,400) and a stage ensemble ($13,750). Credit: Julien's Auctions