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Album Signed by John Lennon for Mark David Chapman Selling for $850K

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On December 8, 1980, just a few hours before his death, John Lennon signed a copy of Double Fantasy for a devout fan outside his home at The Dakota. About five hours later, he returned only to be shot by that very same fan. As Mark David Chapman waited at the scene to be arrested, his signed album was left behind near The Dakota's entrance.

The LP was given to authorities as evidence, but has since been returned. After being sold in 1999, it's back on the auction block and offered through autograph dealer Gary Zimet's Moments in Time for $850,000. Zimet told the New York Post:

"The album is the most extraordinary artifact in rock and roll history. It has Lennon's signature on the cover and Chapman's forensically enhanced finger prints on the sleeve. There are evidence markings from the NYPD. I originally sold it in 1999, but it has come back up for resale."

The collectible is still an object of controversy as Zimet told the Post that the seller has received death threats. Whether those threats accused the owner of being a "phony" or asked him where the ducks go in the winter, Zimet didn't specify.

The online listing for the piece includes testimony from Moments in Time spokesman Bob Zafian. "We are very excited to bring such a historically significant piece to the market." He added, "I have never come across a piece with such provenance; police reports, fingerprint documentation, letters from the District Attorney, it goes on and on."

In short, it's the perfectly gruesome collectible when the allure of John Wayne Gacy artwork begins to fade.
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