Album Lennon Signed for Killer Being Sold
Nov 28, 6:14 PM EST
The record album John Lennon signed for the man who killed him hours later is for sale online.
Gary Zimet, president of the Web site Moments in Time, said the album, "Double Fantasy," is being offered for $525,000.
The album is being sold by the man who found it in the front gate flower planter outside the Dakota apartment building near Central Park. Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon in 1980 outside the building, where Lennon lived with his wife, Yoko Ono.
"There has been a tremendous amount of interest," Zimet said in a phone interview. "This is the greatest rock 'n' roll piece ever sold."
Zimet said on the Web site that the owner, "a Beatle fan all of his life ... wrestled for 18 years before coming to the decision to sell the album."
The owner had turned the album in to police as evidence, and it was returned "with a letter of extreme gratitude from the District Attorney," said Zimet, who did not identify the album's owner.
The album bears the signature of John Lennon and is dated 1980. Zimet said the cover and dust jacket contain forensically enhanced fingerprints of Chapman.
Other items offered on Zimet's memorabilia Web site include autographs by famed jazz musician Louis Armstrong and photographs of President Kennedy.
Ehh, before anyone shouts "put this in Music O' Rama" or something like that
, I'm interested in y'alls opinions about the morbidity on this. And, fine, after today, would a generous, loving, kindhearted Mod move this to the "appropriate" area?