Guitar owned by Johnny Ramone sells at auction for £47,950

Red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar was sold in Boston

A guitar owned by Johnny Ramone sold at auction in Boston for $71,875 (£47,950) this week.

The red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar was one of nine Mosrite guitars owned by Ramone in his career, with Billboard reporting that the guitar was sold to Ramone’s friend and former Ramones band driver Gene Frawley,

Boston-based auction RR Auction confirmed details of their sale, adding that the guitar was used by Ramone throughout the 1980s, until he sold it in 1990. The guitar is signed on the body in black marker, “Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90.”

“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,” RR Auction Executive VP Bobby Livingston said in a statement.

Johnny Ramone’s former bandmate Tommy Ramone died in July last year. His death marked the passing of the last founding member of The Ramones. Following his death it was reported that Martin Scorsese could direct a potential feature film about the band.