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Wed Sep 03 01:52:40 SAST 2014

Album signed by John Lennon for his killer up for sale

Times LIVE | 09 December, 2012 14:01
John Lennon
1st June 1971: Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Lennon (1940 - 1980), previously of The Beatles, at London Airport.
Image by: Evening Standard / Getty Images

A copy of the John Lennon album which he signed for his killer, Mark Chapman, is being sold online. 

NME says autographed memorabilia company Moments In Time have confirmed that Chapman's copy of the LP Double Fantasy is now available for sale after its current owner, who purchased the record in 2003, decided to part company with it. 

Chapman's copy of the record, which was a collaboration between Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono and the last record he produced in his lifetime, became infamous after it was revealed that the Beatles legend had signed a copy for him just hours before he was shot and killed in 1980.

It was found by a man outside Lennon's home in New York, and later gained notoriety due to the circulation of pictures that showed Lennon signing the record's sleeve for Chapman shortly before his death.

According to Moments In Time, the album features Lennon's signature, while its cover and dust jacket contain forensically enhanced fingerprints belonging to Chapman, as the sleeve was submitted to police as a "crucial piece" of evidence against him and later returned to its owner by the District Attorney. 

Although the price of the item is currently listed as only "available upon request", the last time it was on sale it came with a reserve price of $525 000.

Moments In Time spokesman and agent for the seller, Bob Zafian, said to NME: "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."

Mark Chapman, meanwhile, was denied parole for a seventh time in August of this year.

Chapman, a former security guard, who was transferred to the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility in western New York state earlier this year, is next eligible for a parole hearing in August 2014.

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