$1.5M Will Get You the Record Lennon Signed for His Killer

Mark David Chapman shot the pop legend after getting his autograph
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2017 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – One of the most gruesome artifacts in the history of rock 'n' roll can be yours for just $1.5 million. Autograph and document dealer Moments in Time has announced the sale of a copy of John Lennon's Double Fantasy album that the singer signed for Mark David Chapman just hours before Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle outside the Dakota building in New York City on Dec. 8, 1980, the New York Daily News reports. Following the shooting, a Dakota superintendent found Chapman's copy of the record in a flower container outside the building. The record was used as evidence against Chapman and then returned to the superintendent by the district attorney after it was no longer needed.

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Per Moments in Time, the man "wrestled for 19 years before coming to the decision to sell the album," which he finally did in 1999, for $150,000. The album was sold a second time in 2010 for $850,000. The record cover features Lennon's signature, Chapman's forensically enhanced fingerprints, and a police evidence marker. A spokesman for Moments in Time who's also an agent for the seller says, "I have never come across a piece with such provenance; police reports, fingerprint documentation, letters from the District Attorney, it goes on and on." Chapman is serving 20 years to life for second-degree murder and has been denied parole nine times. He tried to reclaim the album himself to auction it for a children's charity, writing in a 1986 letter it would be the "least [he] could do," per Fox News. (Read more John Lennon stories.)

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