Johnny Ramone’s guitar fetch over $ 900,000 at auction


A guitar played by Johnny Ramone sold for over $ 900,000 (£ 650,000) at auction.

The 1965 Mosrite Ventures II electric guitar has been used for 15 Ramones albums and nearly 2,000 performances since 1977.

The ax killer was bought by an anonymous collector in the United States and grossed a staggering sum when it went under the hammer in Boston this weekend.

Other items sold at the RR auction included the late musician’s Mark-2 signature guitar, which cost nearly $ 50,000 (£ 36,000), and the late lead singer of iconic punk rock band Joey Ramone’s Shure pickups used in the last Ramones. concert at the Palace in Hollywood on August 6, 1996, which grossed $ 13,000 (£ 9,500).

Guitarist Johnny – real name John Cummings – died in 2004 of cancer, while Joey (Jeffrey Hyman) died of lymphoma three years earlier.

A friend of the band, Daniel Rey, collected the memories and admitted that it is very rare for a musician to use the same guitar all the way.

He said: “Most guitarists have dozens of guitars that they play and they change on different tours every year.

“Johnny used the same guitar from day one to the end, and I think it’s quite unique.”

The black and white instrument still plays like a dream.

He added, “It’s indestructible. He’s played 2,000 shows with the Ramones, so he can handle it all.”

The original group – best known for classics such as “Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” and “I Wanna Be Sedated” – also consisted of the late bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin), who died in 2002, and drummer Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi), who died in 2014.

The surviving members of the Ramones are bassist CJ Ramone and drummers Marky Ramone, Richie Ramone and Elvis Ramone.

The Ramones formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1996.


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