Updated 02/06/2013 11:21 AM
Ramones Auction Preview Anything But Sedated
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Ramones fans this week can get an up-close look at some items that once belonged to punk rock legend Joey Ramone.
Memorabilia from the estate of the Ramones front-man, a Queens native who died of lymphoma in 2001, is set to hit the auction block later this month.
The items will be displayed from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bowery Electric on the Lower East Side, and then will be sold by RR Auction in New Hampshire on February 21.
The site is one block away from the former site of CBGBs, the nightclub where the Ramones first gained attention in 1974.
The objects on display include Ramone's well-used passport which lists his birth name of "Jeff Ross Hyman" and includes stamps from the band's final tour.
"Joey with his birth name, no glasses on, and all the stamps for all of the points of entry for Jeff Hyman, incredible," said Bobby Livingston of RR Auction.
Fans will also get to bid on song lyrics Ramone wrote on an Alka Seltzer box and his personal Rolodex.
"When the estate approached us, they had an immense collection of things and they told us, 'We have so many things of Joey's that are so unique and such museum-quality that they deserve to be in the hands of collectors that will curate them and take care of them forever, people that loved Joey,'" said Livingston.
Rachel Felder, a writer who was close friends with Ramone, is also glad the auction includes t-shirts he wore with the names of bands he liked.
"Joey always loved to spread the word about music he loved, whether that was old great music, people that had inspired him like the Ronettes, for example, or new young bands that he thought people should know about. So the idea that those things are included in the auction, I think, would make him really happy," Felder said.
Other auction items made up Ramone's signature look, including one of his famous leather jackets, a pair of his trademark glasses and a Ramones tour jacket that he wore.
"They were fashion icons of the generation and one thing that is really nice about this auction is you can buy real relics of that era," Felder said.
The items could fetch anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. For more information, visit rrauction.com.