Lennon Killer's Signed LP Up For Auction

Mark Chapman's autographed Lennon album for sale.

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The "Double Fantasy" LP signed for Mark Chapman by John Lennon mere hours before the former Beatle was killed by Chapman, is going on sale.

Californian auction house Moments in Time is selling the album on behalf of the owner, who purchased it in 2003. The record, which bears Lennon's autograph on the cover, also features Chapman's forensically enhanced fingerprints. The marking WJT-2 appears in black ink above Lennon's signature, and is presumably an evidence marking made by the police.

Bob Zafian of Moments in Time, who is also the agent for the seller, has issued the following statement about the record:

"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."

When the album was sold back in 2003, it came with a reserve price of $525,000. The current price is only available by request.

Do you think that selling Mark Chapman's Lennon LP is in bad taste? Or is the item an important relic of modern history? Let us know in the comments.

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    I wouldn't pay a thing for this copy of the album. Double Fantasy is a great album, but why would someone want this copy? Maybe I can understand it if you're into crime related stuff, but as a Lennon fan, it makes me feel sick someone would pay that much money for it.
    If I had the money i'd probably buy it. It is an important historical item that lots of people know about and lots of people know the story (or the legend) behind it. Of course, I think that the album should be put on display in a museum so others can see it, rather than in the possession of one single man/woman. I will admit that this statement completely counteracts my previous statement.
    Discussed this with my history teacher this morning (huge rock n roll fan, has every beatles album on vinyl in the classroom... cool guy) we both came to the conclusion that it is honestly like blood money. I don't agree with the sale of it for such a huge sum of money. it belongs in the RNR hall of fame in cleveland.
    Couldn't agree more. I believe the Rock Hall also has the shirt Lennon was wearing when he was killed (I know, even creepier) but that is the place where this stuff belongs, whether you like their voting committee or not. It's safe there and will be treated correctly.
    I hope the winning bid is for three cents and the new owner smashes the thing to pieces and mails it to Chapman.
    When I first read this comment i thought you said 'Nail it to Chapman'. I like that idea...
    If I could afford it, I still would only buy it if I was sure Mark Chapman wasn't getting any of the money.
    That's pretty bad taste; just like selling a Nirvana album signed by Courtney Love!
    i don't know why but i want an album "courtney love featuring yoko ono". sorry about being really random and being totally irrelevant to the article but sometimes life can bring you wonderfully weird moments and albums !
    "We are very excited to bring such a historically significant piece to the market." You sick bastards xD
    It's an autographed record that could very well be the last autograph Lennon signed. Yeah, the guy later killed him. That's what makes it a part of history. I don't get why people think it's so terrible.