Lot 1017: Colonel Sanders Owned and Worn Cotton Suit
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Auction Date:7/25/2014 9:00 PM EST
The man responsible for the Kentucky Fried Chicken empire - Colonel Harland David Sanders - was known for his goatee, string tie and white frock coat, which we offer here as part of a full suit worn by the ultra-successful businessman. It is a true rarity as only three of the Colonel's suits have ever been sold publicly (the first went for $80,000), and this one hails directly from his widow's estate. From the collection of Bill Kurtz - the leading KFC collector in the world. The suit comes with a copy of the correspondence with "Colonel" Kurtz. The jacket here has a label from tailor Merton Chester of Toronto and measures 32" tall with 24" long sleeves. The slacks have a similar label on the inner waist and measure 39" in length. One leg shows two 1" areas of stitched repairs. The string tie is a clip-on and was not worn by Sanders, who wore suits of this type exclusively in public the last 20 years of his life, fully embracing the role of colonel that was bestowed on him by the Kentucky governor. Suits such as this are so rare, not even KFC has one on display, going with a reproduction instead. Sanders held a number of jobs in his early life, such as a fireman, insurance salesman and running filling stations before founding the company that would make him a household name.
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