Oh, but this is dark: Mark David Chapman’s copy of Double Fantasy – the one signed by John Lennon in front of his home at the Dakota about five hours before Chapman returned and fatally shot him on Dec. 8, 1980 – is up for sale. Autograph dealer Gary Zimet, the guy handling the sale of the album, told the New York Post:
"The album is the most extraordinary artifact in rock and roll history. It has Lennon's signature on the cover and Chapman's forensically enhanced finger prints on the sleeve. There are evidence markings from the NYPD.”
So there you have it: If you have $850,000 and a overflowing well of cynicism within you, it’s entirely possible to own the LP, very likely one of the last things Lennon ever signed in his life. The album – found at the Dakota crime scene by a maintenance man who turned it over to police as evidence – may earn you some unwanted attention, though. Says Gimet:
“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."