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Johnny Cash items up for auction
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash died in September 2003
More than 650 items belonging to the late country singer Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash are being sold at Sotheby's in New York in September.

The collection includes handwritten lyrics, photos, vintage clothing and musical instruments, including a guitar estimated to be worth $15,000 (8,500).

Personal items including furniture belonging to the couple are also included in the collection.

Johnny Cash died in September 2003, just four months after June Carter Cash


More than 50 musical instruments will be featured in the sale, including guitars and banjos.

Items from Cash's wardrobe will also be offered, including a suede fringed jacket, several pairs of boots, and a long leather coat that was especially made for the singer, which has been valued at $8,000 (4,500).

Other highlights will include a notebook full of Cash's handwritten lyrics, seven of his Grammy awards, and his car, as well as jewellery, photographs, letters and concert posters.

"He and June Carter Cash are true American icons, and this sale presents countless opportunities for collectors as well as fans of the Man in Black," said Leila Dunbar of Sotheby's Collectibles Department.

"His influence extended beyond any specific genre with his ability to blend the lines between country, folk, gospel, rock and pop."

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