Johnny and June Carter Cash memorabilia, up to 650 individual pieces, will be up for grabs on September 14 and 15 at Sotheby's in New York. Valued at $1.5 million, the collection includes articles of clothing, a 1950s-era notebook with handwritten lyrics, more than 50 instruments, and personal items like photos and jewelry. Cash family goodies seem to be in very high demand these days. Unrelated to the Sotheby's auction, a guitar owned by the mother of June Carter Cash, "Mother Maybelle" Carter, is also up for sale at a Nashville guitar retailer. Carter purchased the Gibson L-5 in 1928 with money she made from early recording sessions. At the time, the guitar was the most expensive Gibson on the market and retailed for $275. It is now priced at $575,000.
The guitar had been on loan to the Country Music Hall of Fame for some time where it was considered one of the museum's "crown jewels" and, according to the Associated Press, the guitar was the only instrument Carter used during her her long recording career until her death in 1978.