Texas auction house sells KFC founder's suit

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Posted: Jun 22, 2013 1:42 PM
Texas auction house sells KFC founder's suit

DALLAS (AP) — The president of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan has purchased the trademark white suit worn by company founder "Colonel" Harland Sanders at auction for $21,510.

Masao "Charlie" Watanabe put on the suit and black string tie after placing the winning bid Saturday at the Heritage Auctions event in Dallas.

Watanabe says statues of Sanders are in front of most KFC restaurants in Japan. He plans to display the suit at a restaurant in Tokyo.

Earlier Saturday, leg irons that restrained abolitionist John Brown after his failed 1859 raid on a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., sold for $13,145. The winning bidder declined to be identified.

Hundreds of in-person, telephone and online bidders were vying Saturday for various items. They include a gun belt owned by legendary outlaw Jesse James.