The vinyl album was signed by Lennon as a competition prize on 8 December 1980, the day he was murdered by Mark David Chapman. It was auctioned as part of a music memorabilia sale at Christie’s in London.
Other lots included a gift card signed by Paul McCartney, which fetched £1,250 ($2,000), a pair of leather boots owned by Jimi Hendrix, and a guitar played by Pete Townshend on The Who’s Quadrophenia tour of the USA.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, Connecticut
- 2013: Paul McCartney live: Bonnaroo Festival
- 1969: Television: John Lennon and Yoko Ono on The David Frost Show
- 1967: Recording: All You Need Is Love
- 1966: Recording: Here, There And Everywhere
- 1965: Recording: I’ve Just Seen A Face, I’m Down, Yesterday
- 1965: US album release: Beatles VI
- 1964: Ringo rejoins The Beatles in Australia
- 1964: Ringo Starr gives a press conference in Sydney, Australia
- 1963: Live: Mersey Beat Showcase, Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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