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    Dee Dee Ramone Memorabilia

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: July 14, 2001

    Appraised in: New York, New York

    Appraised by: Gary Sohmers

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Fame & Fortune (#1016)

    Originally Aired: May 29, 2006

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    Form: Clothing, Diary/Journal
    Material: Leather, Paper
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $10,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:11)


    Appraised By:

    Gary Sohmers
    Collectibles, Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:

    APPRAISER: We're in New York City, and nothing says New York to me like this. Thanks for coming and showing me these things. Why don't you tell me what you got?

    GUEST: Well, I have a notebook here that DeeDee Ramone had mailed me in a package of assorted memorabilia, totally out of the blue.

    APPRAISER: And what is it?

    GUEST: It has lyrics to a lot of their famous songs: "Revenge of the Pinheads," "The KKK Took my Baby Away."

    APPRAISER: It's really interesting to me because the Ramones are one of my favorite musical groups of all time. They were New York's version of the Beach Boys of the punk era, and to actually see the original lyrics and the things that they wrote long before they became popular, and to me, this says it's a documented history of the Ramones' genius at being able to take adolescence and make music of it so that it appealed to the masses, and, um, again, DeeDee was the original bass player in the band and left the band a few years after the fourth album or so, I think.

    GUEST: I think '89.

    APPRAISER: In '89. DeeDee was a friend of yours and would send you things.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: This is great, but in this booklet, they have, actually, the lyrics to songs that never were published, never even recorded, and what I liked a lot was, this was their set stage-- the way they were going to do their stage when they ever got a band together.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: That's what it sort of says-- "If we ever get a band together, "here's the songs we'll do. Here's what our stage will look like."

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: It's really fabulous. These are tour books, and for those that don't know what tour books are, when a band goes out on tour, all their dates and places are listed in these so the crew can take these and know where they're going. But what really is the coup de grace, of course, is the jacket.

    GUEST: DeeDee Ramone's jacket. It was left in the wardrobe trunk when DeeDee left the band and was passed on to the next bass player, CJ.

    APPRAISER: That's right, and it was signed by both, CJ and DeeDee.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: Value-wise, what do you think? Think it's valuable?

    GUEST: It's very important historical value for the culture of New York's music scene.

    APPRAISER: The Ramones had a great impact, and I think it's really important that the legacy is preserved, both in the originals and in the wardrobe. I would say as a collection, this would probably bring about $10,000.

    GUEST: Oh.

    APPRAISER: You said you had Joey's jacket.

    GUEST: Yes, complete with cat hair on the inside from where his cat slept on it.

    APPRAISER: Well, Joey, of course, died recently of cancer and left a big, gaping hole in the punk music scene, and he a was relatively shy and quiet person who didn't meet people, hardly ever signed autographs, and again, that type of reclusivity adds greater value, and of course, he was such a nice person that his jacket would be worth, probably, at least $5,000 to $10,000 by itself.

    GUEST: Ah.

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