OFFSTAGE: Johnny Cash’s Outfit Jumps in Price

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I hate to be the one to give you the bad news, but if you were planning on giving someone Johnny Cash‘s blue denim prison jumpsuit he wore during a rehearsal at San Quentin, it’s gone. It sold for $50,000 at an auction in Beverly Hills on Sunday (Dec. 5). The auction house thought it might fetch $5,000 so I’m sure they’re thrilled that it went for 10 times that. Cash’s Air Force uniform went for $11,520. His passport from 1968 sold for $21,875. And a harmonica he used onstage brought in $2,304. Most of the other really pricey items were things like stage apparel, guitars and handwritten lyrics. And most is way, way out of my league. But if I could’ve bought anything, like if money was no object and my husband genuinely understood the value of country music memorabilia, it would’ve been Cash’s old passport. What would you have raised your bidder paddle for?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.