A passport issued to Johnny Cash on March 28, 1968, and used through 1973. Estimated cost: $1,500 – $2,000.
On December 5th, the Cash family is set to auction off many of Johnny’s personal items, instruments and costumes with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the charity MusiCares. The auction includes items ranging from Cash’s military career and his life and partnership with June Carter Cash to his time as a Highwayman through to the end of his career.
There will be a free public exhibition of these items at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills (9665 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 150). The exhibition runs from Friday, November 19th – Thursday, December 2nd (closed for Thanksgiving, of course) from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. Check out more of the items for sale after the jump, and while you peruse, have a listen to this rare Johnny Cash live performance from his concert at the Budapest Sport Hall, Budapest, Hungary, April 25th, 1983:
MP3: Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down (Live at the Budapest Sport Hall, Budapest, Hungary, April 25th, 1983)
The items available in the auction include some of his smaller personal items, like Cash’s passport, briefcase, notes, poems and pages and pages of handwritten lyrics personally penned by Cash, including his takes on traditional songs, an alternate version of “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town,” (Est. $2,000/4,000), and many songs that were never recorded by Cash during his lifetime.
There are also a number of Cash’s personal clothing items and outfits he wore on stage, including the embroidered blue jumpsuit The Man In Black wore to rehearse for his infamous performance at San Quentin State Prison (Est. $3,000/5,000). Also available are a pair of early stage pants made by Cash’s mother (Est. $1,000/3,000).
Several vintage guitars are also going up on the auction block, including three guitars from different points in Cash’s career: a vintage 1951 Martin guitar used by Cash in studio that later became the designated tour bus guitar (Est. $20,000/30,000); a Grammer Johnny Cash model used extensively by Cash on “The Johnny Cash Show” and later inscribed by Cash, “To Richard,/ Play It Pretty/Johnny Cash.” ($30,000/40,000); and a third guitar offered for sale is a Martin used by Cash in the 1980s and gifted to his friend Bill Miller. This guitar can be seen on the cover of the live album The Survivors. It has been inscribed by Cash with the first four lines of “I Walk the Line.” (Est. $20,000/30,000).
Here are some of the items:
Two pages of handwritten notes on Johnny Cash personal letterhead, undated. Titled “Proverbs of Solomon & Psalms of David.” Estimated cost: $1,5000 – $2,000
A Johnny Cash stage used Hohner Marine Band Harmonica in the key of F. Estimated cost: $800 – $1,200
A Johnny Cash owned and worn pair of black leather Moreschi ankle boots, signed by Cash on the interior of both boots in black ink. Estimated cost: $2,000 – $4,000
A Johnny Cash owned and signed 1951 Martin 0-15, acoustic guitar. Estimated cost: $20,000 – $30,000
A blue denim jumpsuit worn by Johnny Cash during his rehearsal performance at San Quentin State Prison, February 24, 1969. Estimated cost: $3,000 – $5,000
A Johnny Cash monogrammed black leather briefcase, used by Cash on his travels during the 1970s and early 1980s. Estimated cost: $1,5000 – $3,000
A pair of Johnny Cash’s prescription eyeglasses, owned and worn by Cash in the 1980s. Estimated cost: $400 – $600
A Johnny Cash drawing, wax medium on paper. Estimated cost: $1,500 – $2,000
This one is our favorite: A Johnny Cash handwritten ‘To Do’ list that reads as follows: “1. Not smoke, 2. Kiss June, 3. Not kiss anyone else, 4. Cough, 5. Pee, 6. Eat, 7. Not eat too much, 8. Worry, 9. Go see Mama, 10. Practice piano.” Estimated cost: $300 – $500
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