For Sale: Johnny Cash’s Harmonica, Jumpsuit


For those of you who’ve always dreamed of owning a piece of the Man in Black’s wardrobe, your time has come. Assuming you can come up with a couple thousand dollars, fast. Apparently, the Cash family is putting many of Johnny’s instruments and costumes up on the auction block in December, with a portion of the proceedings going to charity. The items include many of Cash’s trademarked outfits, particularly the embroidered blue jumpsuit Cash wore at his recording in San Quentin’s jail. (You know the one: It’s featured prominently in the picture of Cash flipping the bird.) The suit is expected to run between $3,000 and $5,000, but come on: ultimate Halloween costume.

Click through for a curated look at some of the coolest Cash memorabilia that’s up for grabs.

“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 passport issued to Johnny Cash on March 28, 1968, and used through 1973.”

Estimated cost: $1,500 – $2,000

“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 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

“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

“A Johnny Cash stage used Hohner Marine Band Harmonica in the key of F.”

Estimated cost: $800 – $1,200