Album John Lennon signed for killer up for sale

The “Double Fantasy” album that John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his death is up for sale again.

Moments in Time announced the sale of the album, autographed by legendary Beatle John Lennon for Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered him hours after receiving the autograph.

On December 8, 1980, Chapman shot Lennon dead outside his home in the Dakota building overlooking Central Park.

Pictures of Lennon signing the album for Chapman later surfaced in the media.

After the shooting, a Dakota employee found the album in a flower planter outside the residential building. The man who retrieved the album turned it into police, who used it as evidence against Chapman.

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A photo was captured of John Lennon autographing “Double Fantasy” for his killer, Mark Chapman. 

(New York Daily News)

It was later returned to the man who had found it with a letter of gratitude from the district attorney.The lifelong Beatles fan sold the album in 1999, also through Moments in Time.

The album’s cover shows Lennon kissing his wife Yoko Ono, and has his signature over her neck.

The cover and dust jacket feature Chapman’s forensically enhanced fingerprints, and a police evidence marker. The item also comes with police reports and the district attorney’s letter. 

The identity of the seller has not been revealed.


Chapman is serving a 20 years to life sentence for second degree murder and has been denied parole nine times. 


“We are very excited to bring such a historically significant piece to the market,” the seller’s agent, Bob Zafian said.

“I have never come across a piece with such provenance; police reports, fingerprint documentation, letters from the District Attorney, it goes on and on,” Zafian said. 

Chapman is serving 20 years to life imprisonment for second degree murder. He’s been denied parole nine times. 

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