Johnny Ramon guitar sells for over $900,000

BOSTON (AFP) – The guitar that Johnny Ramone has played on all 15 of Ramon’s albums and in nearly 2,000 live performances by the rock band sold at auction over the weekend for more than $900,000, the auctioneer said Monday.

Boston-based RR Auction said in a statement that the 1965 Mosrite Ventures II electric guitar was purchased by a collector in the United States who wished to remain anonymous.

Ramon, whose real name is John Cummings, purchased the guitar to replace the original blue Ventures II guitar, which had been stolen, according to RR Auction.

RR said she was played in every Ramones performance from November 1977 until his retirement in August 1996. He passed away in 2004.

The guitar, along with other Ramones memorabilia, came from the collection of Daniel Ray, a musician and producer who was also a longtime collaborator with Ramones.

Other items that sold included Johnny Ramone’s Mark-2 guitar for nearly $50,000, and Joey Ramone’s Shure mics from Ramones’ recent concert for over $13,000.

The auction began on August 24 and concluded on Saturday.

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