A copy of John Lennon’s Double Fantasy album, signed for the Beatle’s murderer hours before he killed the star, is up for auction again.
The LP, released three weeks before he was shot outside his home in New York City in 1980, features Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono on the cover, and features his signature in blue ink across Ono’s neck, along with an inscription ‘1980’.
Lennon signed the album for Mark David Chapman when he and Ono left the Dakota apartment complex in New York on December 8, 1980 for a recording session.
The mad fan then put the souvenir in a large flower box at the entrance of the building, near Central Park, and waited for the couple to return more than five hours later.
Chapman shot Lennon twice in the back and twice in the shoulder. He was pronounced dead 10 minutes later on arrival at a local hospital. After the shooting, a building inspector found the signed album and turned it into police force to use as evidence in the case, according to the New York Daily News.
Investigators returned the album, which still contains Chapman’s forensically enhanced fingerprints, to the man who found it about a year after the murder, along with a letter of thanks from the prosecutor.
The rock and roll memorabilia has sold twice since 1999 and will go under the hammer again Monday at Goldin Auctions, according to TMZ, where it is expected to fetch $ 2 million.
Chapman, now 65, has been paroled 11 times since he became eligible for parole in 2000. He remains in custody at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York.