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KFIX Rock News: Album John Lennon Signed For Murderer Up For Auction

Lennon signing the album for Chapman
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The album signed by John Lennon for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, is up for auction.

Auction house Moments in Time is selling the copy of “Double Fantasy” on behalf of its owner who purchased it in 2003 for $525,000.

Moments in Time representative Bob Zafian, who is also the seller’s agent, said, “We are very excited to bring such a historically significant piece to the market,”

“I have never come across a piece with such provenance; police reports, fingerprint documentation, letters from the District Attorney, it goes on and on.”

In 1986, in an effort to determine the value of the album, Chapman wrote a letter to an auctioneer, saying, “On December 8, 1980 I shot and killed John Lennon. Before this, earlier in the afternoon, I had asked him to sign his Double Fantasy album.”

“He did this also signing the date: 1980. I then placed this album behind the security guard’s booth where it was found after my arrest.”

“I have tried unsuccessfully for years (and 2 attorneys) to get this item back, seeking to place it at auction and donating the money to a children’s charity. I felt it was the least I could do.”

“Now, is there any way to assess the value of an item such as this?”

According to the New York Post, the auction house is seeking $850,000 for the album.

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  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    Imagine an entire world living in peace… John saw the beauty and inherent good in humanity. I tried to do his legacy justice and channel his world-embracing and loving energy this week with a tribute portrait inspired by his music and his passion for changing the world. You can see this new work of art in memoriam on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/12/john-lennon-just-imagine.html along with some pictures showing how I created it. See John holding the Universe in his hand and spreading his message. When you stop by, let me know how his words and music have affected your life and creativity!

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