President of KFC Japan buys Colonel Sanders' trademark white suit at auction for $21K
washingtonpost.com -- Jun 23
The president and chief executive of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan purchased the trademark white suit worn by company founder "Colonel" Harland Sanders at auction Saturday for $21,510 - then promptly tried it on.

Masao "Charlie" Watanabe grinned while putting on the suit jacket and black string tie at the Heritage Auctions event, standing beneath a photograph of Sanders. He had already planned to attend a company marketing meeting in Dallas, but arrived early after he found out about the auction, he said.

Watanabe was one of hundreds of in-person, telephone and online bidders vying for various items, including a gun belt owned by legendary outlaw Jesse James and leg irons that restrained abolitionist John Brown.

Watanabe also bought a mini-collection of Sanders' memorabilia - including his 1973 Kentucky driver's license - for $1,912.

ケンタッキー・フライド・チキンでおなじみの創業者、カーネル・サンダースのトレード­マークともいえる白いスーツがアメリカで競売にかけられました。落札したのは日本から­の参加者でした。

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