Johnny Ramone’s Guitar Sells Big at Auction

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One of Johnny Ramone‘s Mosrite guitars sold for $71,875 at an auction on Thursday. Ramone signed the red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar, “Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90.” The auction reports that Ramone used the guitar for seven years until he sold it in 1990. RR Auction Executive VP, Bobby Livingston, spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the guitar, “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.” Ramone sold the guitar to former Ramone’s driver Gene Frawley in 1980, and Frawley eventually sold the guitar to another buyer.

Johnny Ramone was a member of the legendary rock group, the Ramones. The band is often credited for defining the “punk rock” sound. Spin magazine ranked the Ramones the second greatest band of all time in 2002. Also in that year, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Grammys awarded the band a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. The Ramones released fourteen studio albums since 1976, and their last release was an album entitled Adios Amigos! in 1995. Although all the band members used the last name “Ramone,” none of the members were related. The band toured extensively for over twenty years until they disbanded in 1996.

We’re Outta Here was the fourth live album by the band, and it was released in 1997 as a part of their farewell tour. The live album was recorded at The Palace in Los Angeles on August 6, 1996. This show marked the Ramones’ final concert, it was also the band’s 2,263 show. The concert featured guest appearances from Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Lemmy (Motorhead), Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), and Ben Shepard and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden). Johnny Ramone, the founder of the band, was named in Time magazine’s 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players in 2003. He was also ranked Number 16 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. Unfortunately, all of the original Ramones members have passed away; Joey Ramone in 2001, Dee Dee Ramone in 2002, Johnny Ramone in 2004, and Tommy Ramone in 2014.