John Lennon’s album, signed for his killer Mark David Chapman, could sell at auction for $ 2 million
John Lennon Double Fantasy album signed by The Beatles legend for his murderer Mark David Chapman could sell at auction for $ 2 million
The Double Fantasy album John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his murder is up for sale again and is expected to sell for a whopping $ 2 million.
Released three weeks before he was shot outside his home in New York City in 1980, the album cover shows The Beatles legend kissing his wife Yoko Ono on the cover.
Lennon signed his signature in blue ink above Ono’s neck, along with an inscription from ‘1980’.
For Sale: The Double Fantasy album John Lennon signed for his killer five hours before his murder is back for sale and could gross as much as $ 2 million
Evidence: the autographed album was found in a large flower box by an apartment superintendent after Lennon was shot on December 8, 1980
Lennon signed the album for Mark David Chapman when he and Ono left The Dakota apartment building in New York for a recording session around 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 1980.
The deranged Beatles fan then put it in a large flower box at the entrance of the building, near Central Park, and waited for the couple to return more than five hours later.
As the 40-year-old rocker walked back to the front door, Chapman shot him twice in the back and twice in the shoulder. He was pronounced dead 10 minutes later on arrival at a local hospital.
Crazy fan: Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in front of the Dakota building in Manhattan just over five hours after the Beatles star signed the album
After the shooting, a building inspector found the autographed album in the planter and turned it into police to use as evidence in the case, the New York Daily News.
Investigators in the case returned to the album to the man who found it about a year after the murder, along with a letter of thanks from the prosecutor.
It is remarkable that the cover and dust jacket still contain forensically enhanced Chapman fingerprints.
The Dakota employee, and lifelong Beatles fan, sold it to a private buyer in 1999 for $ 150,000. It was sold again in 2010 for $ 850,000.
Locked up! Chapman, now 65, has been in prison for nearly 40 years and has been paroled 11 times since 2000
Chapman had been a fan of the Beatles, but in the years leading up to the murder, he developed a series of obsessions and became enraged by Lennon’s lifestyle and public statements.
The now 65-year-old has been detained for nearly 40 years and has been paroled 11 times since becoming eligible in 2000. He remains in custody at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York.
In 2018, the parole board said Chapman himself was safer in prison than outside, where someone might want to kill him out of fame or to avenge Lennon.
Chapman will then be eligible for parole in 2022.
RIP: Lennon is considered one of the true rock legends with THE Beatles and as a solo artist