Johnny Cash collectibles and memorabilia



2015-06-26 11:06:52

Johnny Cash collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the legendary country music singer Johnny Cash.

Brief history/description

Johnny Cash was born on February 26th, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, and was officially declared by Country Music Television as "the Greatest Man in Country Music." He and his wife, June Carter, were known for their influential songwriting which had a combination of numerous different genres such as country, folk and gospel.

After settling in Memphis, Tennessee in 1954, Cash started to experiment with songwriting and released his first song "Hey Porter" in 1955, followed by "Cry, Cry, Cry" which was his first song to debut on the Billboard Charts. Soon he was releasing other hits such as "So Doggone Lonesome," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "I Walk the Line," a song which went on to sell 2 million copies.

Following his fame Cash suffered from a well-known drug and alcohol addiction, but in 1967 after meeting June Carter (who came from a famous family of country musicians), he then kicked his addictions and became a devout Christian fundamentalist.

Cash was accepted as the youngest member of the Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 1980, and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.


Cash's health started to deteriorate after the death of June Carter in May of 2003, an event which some say had a profound effect on Cash, so much in fact that he never fully recovered. Cash passed away on September 12th, 2003, leaving behind a legacy and a collection of songs that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Types of memorabilia


Christie's in New York sold a 1965 Fender Electric guitar signed "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Johnny Cash 2004" for $72,100 in December of 2009.

Julien's in Los Angeles sold a vintage Fender acoustic guitar once owned by Johnny Cash in the 1960s for $60,000 in June of 2010, a Grammer Johnny Cash Model acoustic guitar which Cash used during his time on the Johnny Cash Show for $29,440 in May of 2010, and a Martin guitar which was used by Cash in the 1980s for $50,000 in May of 2010.

Sotheby’s in New York sold a piano from Cash’s Henderson, Tennessee home (which was featured in the 2002 “Hurt” music video) for $66,000, and a 1997 Martin black D-42JC guitar custom designed for Cash for $131,200 in September of 2004.

Sotheby's in New York also sold Cash's 1971 Martin acoustic guitar for $31,200, and Cash's 1976 Martin acoustic guitar for $50,400, and his Wilkanowski & Son Airway fiddle guitar (circa 1930) for $31,200 in September of 2004.

CooperOwen in Egham, Surrey sold Cash's Carl Perkins guitar for £25,000 in May of 2005, and another one of his Carl Perkins' guitars for £26,000 in October of 2005.


Christie's in New York sold a pair of black leather boots once worn by Johnny Cash for $5,250 in December of 2009, and Julien's sold a blue denim jumpsuit worn by Cash during a rehearsal performance at San Quentin State Prison in 1969 for $50,000 in May of 2010.


Christie's in New York sold a letter from Johnny Cash to Ken Clancy of Columbia Records (circa 1964) for $4,375 in December of 2009.

Sotheby’s in New York sold a 1950s notebook of Cash’s handwritten lyrics for songs like “Cry, Cry, Cry,” “Get Rhythm” and “I Get So Doggone Lonesome” for an estimated cost between $10,000 and $20,000.


Sotheby's in New York sold Cash's 1968 Grammy Award for "Best Album" for $31,200, a 1970 Grammy Award for "If I Were a Carpenter" for $22,800, and an RIAA gold sales award for the album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison for $21,600 in September of 2004.


Sotheby's in New York sold an autographed 1959 Cash concert poster for $25,200 in September of 2004.


Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in Los Angeles, California sold a pastel portrait of Cash drawn by Nicholas Volpe for $26,000 in April of 2010.

Guide for collectors

Instruments once used or signed by Cash as well as handwritten lyrics are considered the most valuable for Johnny Cash memorabilia collectors, as well as clothing that was worn during historic performances. Historic awards, vehicles and jewellery that were once worn by Cash are also considered both rare and valuable as well.

Restoration of an authentic Johnny Cash instrument is not recommended.


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