The private record collection of Joey Ramone is to go under the hammer, along with a selection of the late punk rock star’s iconic clothes, passport, handwritten lyrics, and even his Rolodex.
It’s a fascinating insight into the Ramones frontman's tastes -- and there's a lot for fans to fight over. In total, there’s 97 pieces of vinyl up for sale, with titles from Led Zeppelin, the Who, T. Rex, Cream, Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Human League, Iggy Pop, KISS, the Doors, the Temptations, and the Ventures.
The collection, according to the auctioneers, is in “overall very good to fine condition,” though there are various scattered creases and “small tears to sleeves, affixed prices tags and labels, and marks to vinyl,” tell-tale signs that Ramone lived with this music.
There’s a minimum bid of $500 attached to the auction, which opens Feb. 14 and ends Feb. 21.
The records came from the Joey Ramone Estate, and RR Auction notes the collection is accompanied by a letter signed by Joey’s brother Mickey attesting to it’s authenticity.
Ramone’s personal Rolodex, we’re told, is “full of record companies, musicians, and agents,” and it includes business cards from Rock 'n' Roll High School producer Allan Arkush, Epitaph Records, EMI Records, Footlight Records, Geffen Records, and the artist’s personal Addicted to Noise card.
Also among the Ramone's legacy for sale are t-shirts, sunglasses and the singer's passport, which shows the gangly, long-haired singer in a relaxed pose.
Ramone, who is identified in the passport by his real name Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 at the age 49.
Last year, BMG released a posthumous Joey Ramone solo album, the 15-track set “…Ya Know?”