The copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Double Fantasy album the Beatles legend signed for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, five hours before Chapman fatally shot him, is up for auction and expected to fetch over $1 million, according to the New York Post.
Chapman left the album in one of the planters on either side of the entrance of the Dakota — the New York City apartment building where the Lennons lived — where a passerby found it and turned it over to police, according to Goldin Auctions, which is handling the sale.
The album’s cover features a photo of Lennon kissing Ono, and John signed his name and “1980” on the front of Chapman’s copy of the album, over Yoko’s neck. It also features several markings added by police when it was entered as evidence, according to the auction house. It comes with a letter of authenticity as well as a Plexiglass holder.
The album — which in 1998 sold for $150,000 — has a starting bid of $400,000.
Chapman remains incarcerated for Lennon’s murder.
By George Constantino
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