The record that John Lennon signed for Mark Chapman hours before the killer murdered him on the steps of his home is being put up for auction
Just five hours before Chapman shot the Beatle four times outside his home in the Dakota Building in New York as Ono watched on helplessly, he had asked Lennon to sign his copy of Double Fantasy. The album, which had just been released, was his collaborative record with partner Yoko Ono and, when Chapman stopped him outside The Dakota apartment building in New York on December 8th, 1980 to sign the record he thought it was just another fan.
The signed copy of the record was later part of the evidence in the NYPD’s investigation into Lennon’s murder. The listing by Goldin Auctions states that police markings from the investigation appear on both the front and back of the record sleeve. Bidding on the record will open on Monday (November 23) at 12 am ET (5 am GMT) and begins at $400,000 (£301k).
At a recent parole hearing, the murderer was once again denied the opportunity to cut his sentence short, with Chapman acknowledging his crime and suggesting he deserved the death penalty after revealing he killed the singer for “glory”.
“I just want to reiterate that I’m sorry for my crime,” Chapman told the parole board when applying for a sentence reduction. “I have no excuse. This was for self-glory. I think it’s the worst crime that there could be to do something to someone that’s innocent. He was extremely famous. I didn’t kill him because of his character or the kind of man he was. He was a family man. He was an icon. He was someone that spoke of things that now we can speak of and it’s great.”
Chapman continued: “I assassinated him, to use your word earlier, because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish.” He wasn’t done there and directly appealed to Ono, “I want to add that and emphasise that greatly. It was an extremely selfish act. I’m sorry for the pain that I caused to her [Ono]. I think about it all of the time.”
His appeal was rejected once more because, according to the Press Association, to grant the appeal “would be incompatible with the welfare of society.”