John Lennon's Killer's Autographed Album Up For Auction
Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:40:31
From our "Creepy and Wrong Files": the autographed copy of John Lennon's Double Fantasy, which the singer signed for Mark David Chapman five hours before Chapman shot him in cold blood, is up for auction. That's just wrong.
The signed LP is expected to nab $850,000 at an auction. Lennon scribbled his John Hancock on the album for Chapman outside the Dakota in New York City on December 8, mere hours before his killer opened fire. Chapman's forensically enhanced fingerprints are on the sleeve. Ick. #Srsly.
"The album is the most extraordinary artifact in rock 'n' roll history," autograph dealer Gary Zinet told the New York Post. "There are evidence markings from the NYPD." Great, but that doesn't make it cool or ethical. It's downright disturbing and I'm pretty open-minded. It's like a disturbing trophy.
What do you think of the auctioning of this item? Should it be destroyed or preserved? The owner is apparently remaining anonymous because he received death threats. Maybe that's a hint that there is something inherently wrong with this item existing?