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Album Lennon signed for killer up for auction

The album that John Lennon signed for his killer Mark Chapman hours before he murdered the former Beatle has gone on sale for a whopping £530,000.

Lennon signed the copy of ‘Double Fantasy’ as he left the Dakota apartment block in New York City on 8 December 1980, and was then killed by the crazed fan as he returned home five hours later. A maintenance man subsequently found the autographed album at the entrance to the building, and handed it over to the police as evidence.

‘The album is the most extraordinary artefact in rock and roll history,’ autograph dealer Gary Zimet told the New York Post. ‘It has Lennon's signature on the cover and Chapman's forensically enhanced finger prints on the sleeve.

‘I originally sold it in 1999. But it has come back up for resale. The current owner doesn't want to be named because he received death threats.’

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