A guitar owned by the punk rocker Johnny Ramone has sold at auction for €63,180.
Johnny passed away from prostate cancer on September 15th 2004. He’s best known for being the guitarist in the Ramones and was one of the founding members of the group.
The red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar is one of nine Mosrite guitars that he owned during his career.
At a RR Auction in Boston the axe was purchased by a familiar face, a friend of the band’s and former Ramones band driver, Gene Frawley.
The red Mosrite Ventures V1 is signed, it reads: “Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90.”
According to the auction house, it was used by Johnny for at least seven years between 1983 – 1990, before it was sold towards the end of 1990.
In an interview with Rolling Stones, RR Auction Executive VP Bobby Livingston said: “One of just nine Mosrite guitars owned by Johnny Ramone known to exist – it is not surprising that it was able to achieve such an impressive figure.”
In 2003, Johnny Ramone featured on Time’s ’10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players’ and was 16th on Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.’
Other Ramones items that were sold at that auction included Joey’s handwritten lyrics to ‘Maria Bartiromo’ (€1,660), a pair of his glasses (€10,910), a pair of his leather pants (€6,250) and his leather jacket (€6,160).