FBI Seizes John Lennon Fingerprint Card at Auction
Feds still on his case
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2010 1:58 AM CDT
Updated Oct 7, 2010 6:30 AM CDT
John Lennon talks at a New York press conference in 1968.   (AP Photo/John Lindsay, file)

(Newser) – The FBI swooped into a Manhattan auction of John Lennon memorabilia yesterday and grabbed a fingerprint card of the legendary Beatle taken at a city police station. Managers of the Gotta Have It! store expected the card to be the biggest sale of the auction, and had set a minimum bid of $100,000. It wasn't immediately clear why the feds seized the card, which was made in 1976 as part of the singer's application for US citizenship and bears the signature John Winston Ono Lennon. Lennon was under FBI surveillance in the early '70s because of his anti-war activism.

“I’ve been doing this 20 years and have never had this much government interest in something,” said Peter Siegel, an owner of the store. “Here he is, one of our greatest musicians ever, and they just don’t stop investigating this guy.” Siegel said he received calls about the card from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the US attorney's office in Manhattan. One official told the New York Times that investigators are attempting to determine "how that item came to be up for auction.” Siegel said the card is being sold for a private owner who bought the card at a Beatles convention. Lennon would have turned 70 on Saturday.

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Spudsy
Oct 7, 2010 12:27 PM CDT
I feel so much safer knowing the feds are keeping an eye on this Lennon fellow. Better watch his buddy Groucho Marx too. Damn Lennonists and Marxists are a threat to our way of life with their damn communism. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
LK789
Oct 7, 2010 8:15 AM CDT
Cuz the Government off'd him, that's why. Oh what a wicked web we weave...
pg13
Oct 7, 2010 6:37 AM CDT
FBI can seize anything they want. Kids in a candy shop.