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Johnny Cash’s Iconic Jumpsuit Sells for $50,000 at Auction


While many of us try to find the least-annoying way to get rid of our old clothes, Johnny Cash’s wardrobe is worth more now than ever before. An embroidered blue jumpsuit that he wore on stage — err, for rehearsal anyway — at the San Quentin prison in 1969 just fetched $50,000 at auction, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The wardrobe item was originally expected to sell for just $5,000, and the auction overall — held by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills — took in nearly twice as much money as its original projection. Turns out, collectors are big into Cash.

The jumpsuit has particular significance though, even if Cash only wore it at the rehearsal for the famed San Quentin concert. It’s the shirt he sports in an iconic photo — perhaps his most famous image — in which he flips the photographer the bird. That image was initially used by his record label in an advertisement that appeared in Billboard Magazine, as a facetious way of thanking Nashville and country radio for their support — or, rather, lack thereof — after Cash took home a Grammy in 1988 for Best Country Album.

And the joke — now in the hands of a private collector — lives on.