Album Signed By John Lennon Before He Was Assassinated To Be Auctioned
An album signed by John Lennon hours before he was assassinated is expected to attract millions of dollars when put to auction.
The Beatles star signed a copy of Double Fantasy for his own killer, Mark David Chapman, shortly before he was shot and killed at the age of 40 on December 8, 1980.
On the day of his death, John signed a copy of the album at approximately 5pm for his now 65-year-old jailed fan Mark, before he was hit with multiple bullets at 10:50pm the same night, and pronounced dead 10 minutes later.
Now the autographed album is due to go to auction where it is expected to sell for $2 million (£1.5 million) when bidders are invited to battle for the piece of rock n roll history on Monday as reported by TMZ.
Double Fantasy was the fifth album released by John and his wife, Yoko Ono, and was on sale one month before the music legend was murdered.
The album cover features a photograph of the two musicians locked in a kiss – while the signature of John is scrawled across the neck of Yoko on the album cover. According to TMZ:
There are other markings on the front and back of the album. Those were made by law enforcement, as it was a key piece of police evidence from the scene of the crime. Chapman had put the album in one of the planters outside The Dakota after Lennon signed it.
John Lennon was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles.
His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in musical history. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono.
After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued a career as a solo artist and as Ono’s collaborator.