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    Johnny Cash's personal hand-carved Owl and Rattlesnake cane. Johnny Cash's personal hand-carved Owl and Rattlesnake cane. Johnny Cash "The Man in Black" lived hard on his journey to becoming a country music and pop cultural icon. By the end of the 1980s, Cash had undergone operations on his knees, heart, and jaw. He would be afflicted with bad health up to the time of his death in 2003. This is Johnny Cash's custom hand-carved wooden cane with a perched owl on top and a rattlesnake coiling around the staff of the cane below. "Burch 82" is carved into the 35 in. tall cane just beneath the owl figure. The Johnny Cash albums "American III: Solitary Man" (2000) and "American IV: The Man Comes Around" (2002) represent Cash's response to his illness in the form of songs in a particularly somber, remorseful tone. The video for "Hurt," a cover of the song by Nine Inch Nails, expresses Cash's view of his past and feelings of regret. This video is generally recognized as Cash's epitaph. Provenance: "Property from the Estate of Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash," Sotheby's, New York, September 14-16, 2004, where it sold for $78,000. Included is a photocopy of an article in the September 17, 2004 edition of The New York Times headlining the sale of this cane, entitled, "$78,000 for a Cane That Helped a Legend Walk the Line." In used, fine condition. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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    December, 2013
    18th Wednesday
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