Album John Lennon Autographed for Killer to Be Sold Again
One of rock's more upsetting and morbid pieces of memorabilia is up for sale again.
The copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1980 album Double Fantasy that Lennon autographed for his assassin just hours before being murdered is being sold by its current owner, with the exchange being brokered by Moments in Time, the same agency that handled its previous sale. According to the New York Daily News, the asking price is $1.5 million.
"It's the most incredible artifact in rock 'n' roll history. There's no question," Moments in Time owner Gary Ziamet told the paper. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to sell it once again."
Discovered behind a planter box after Lennon's murder and used as a key piece of evidence in the trial, the copy of the album includes police reports and the killer's "forensically enhanced fingerprints" as well as Lennon's autograph. Photos of the LP, along with further background information regarding its history, can be seen at the Moments in Time sale listing.
As previously reported, this copy of Double Fantasy has changed hands more than once in the past. The individual who originally found it after Lennon's murder ultimately sold it in 1999, taking $150,000 for the sale; it was sold again in 2003, and then a third time in 2010, when it went for $850,000. Despite the steep asking price, Ziamet indicated confidence that he'll be able to broker the latest sale in a relatively short period of time, telling the paper he hopes to find a buyer within a week.
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