A custom guitar belonging to Johnny Ramone of the Ramones realised $49,889 in a sale at RR Auction on July 23.
The lot was designed for Ramone by guitar company Hamer in 1980 and was used in the company's promotional material.
It's accompanied by a letter of provenance from Hamer founder, Jol Dantzig, that reads: "I approached Johnny Ramone about constructing custom instruments for him beginning in 1978…
"After working out some details with Johnny, the first instrument was delivered later that year, but Johnny wanted a few changes on the next one so I agreed to meet with him at a concert venue near Chicago to develop a second version.
"The resulting instrument Hamer serial No. X X0#¢ was completed in May of 1980…Johnny was sufficiently pleased as to allow Hamer to feature his endorsement and photo with the guitar for print magazine advertisements."
Other lots included a signed copy of Jimi Hendrix's Axis: Bold as Love that made $30,711.
It features dedications to a fan by all three members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
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