John Lennon Double Fantasy album signed by The Beatles legend for his murderer Mark David Chapman could sell for $2M at auction
The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his murder is up for sale once again, and it’s expected to sell for as much as $2 million.
Released three weeks before he was gunned down 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 autograph in blue ink over Ono’s neck, along with a ‘1980’ inscription.
For sale: The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed for his killer five hours before his murder is up for sale once again, and could fetch as much as $2 million
Evidence: The autographed album was found in a large flower planter by an apartment superintendent after Lennon was gunned down December 8, 1980
Lennon signed the album for Mark David Chapman as he and Ono left The Dakota apartment building in New York for a recording session around 5 p.m. on December 8, 1980.
The crazed Beatles fan then stashed it in a large flower planter by the entrance of the building, near Central Park, and waited until the couple returned more than five hours later.
As the 40-year-old rocker walked back towards the front doors, Chapman shot him twice in the back and twice in the shoulder. He was pronounced dead 10 minutes later upon arriving at a local hospital.
Crazed fan: Mark David Chapman gunned down Lennon in front of The Dakota building in Manhattan just over five hours after The Beatles star had signed the album
After the shooting, a building superintendent found the signed album in the planter and turned it into police to be used as evidence in the case, according to the New York Daily News.
Investigators in the case returned to album to the man who had found it about a year after the murder along with a letter of gratitude from the district attorney.
Remarkably, the cover and dust jacket still contains forensically enhanced fingerprints of Chapman.
The Dakota employee, and lifelong Beatles fan, went on to sell it to a private buyer for $150,000 in 1999. 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 denied parole 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 incensed by Lennon’s lifestyle and public statements.
Imprisoned for nearly 40 years, the now 65-year-old has been denied parole 11 times since he became eligible in 2000. He remains in custody in the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York.
In 2018, the parole board said that Chapman himself was safer in prison than on the outside, where someone may want to kill him for notoriety or to avenge Lennon.
Chapman will next be eligible for parole in 2022.
RIP: Lennon is considered one of the true legends of rock with THe Beatles and as a solo artist