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Lot 36: Trio of June Carter and Johnny Cash Signed Documents
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
June Carter was a talented entertainer and accomplished musician well before her famous marriage to Johnny Cash. Born Valerie June Carter on June 23, 1929, she was better known by her stage name of June Carter, and later June Carter Cash after her marriage to Johnny Cash. Offered is June Carter's 1966 Tennessee driver's license listing her given name of Valerie J. Carter. The heavy stock paper license was issued on 5-3-1966 with an expiration date of her birthday on 6-23-1967 and is folded on the intended center line. The license is signed in blue ink "Valerie J. Carter" and has been hand cut along the edges.
Also included in this incredible trio is a carbon copy document relating to John R. Cash's new passport stating his date of birth, state of birth, height, hair and eye color, passport issue and expiry dates (2/21/1973 and 2/20/1978 respectively) and a handwritten note (in unconfirmed hand) stating "D2092337 John's New Passport #"; and a handwritten receipt for a guitar case and an auto harp case "Received of June Carter" and signed by an E.J. Carter, totaling $100. A curious collection of ephemera relating to an adored couple in the entertainment industry.
The fully extended license measures approximately 2 1/2 by 7 inches (6.35 x 17.78 cm), the passport receipt measures approximately 3 by 5 inches (7.62 x 12.7 cm), and the handwritten receipt measures approximately 7 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches (19.68 x 14.60 cm). The trio is accompanied by a glossy reprint of an original 8 x 10-inch Sun Records Johnny Cash promotional photograph and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The documents are in excellent condition overall with typical signs of wear from age.