Johnny Ramone's custom guitar headlines at RR Auction

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.

Johnny Ramone guitar
Johnny Ramone was the guitarist for seminal punk band The Ramones

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.

A suit jacket worn by Ringo Starr in Help (1965) sold for $46,257.

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