John Lennon Autograph on Customs Declaration
For Sale: £9,500.00
John Lennon (1940-1980) was one of the founding members of The Beatles. He was a controversial peace activist, engaging in the anti-war movement. In December 1980, he was shot in the back four times by Mark David Chapman outside his New York apartment, dying in hospital later that evening.
To date he has sold 14 million albums in the United States alone. In 1987 he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in recognition of the 27 number one US singles he helped create.
Returning from a two month working vacation in Bermuda in July 1980, Lennon's last return to the USA, he planned to record the album he had been writing all summer. This signed United States Customs Declaration, 4" x 8½", was completed by Lennon less than four months before he died.
Stamp dated 28 July 1980, the singer's personal details are listed: full name; date of birth; countries of residence; address; flight details; date of citizenship; and note that he is travelling with his son. His signature, written in capital letters, is also prominent.
A list of purchases from Bermuda is also handwritten on the official slip. T-shirts, pants, shirts and a hand bag are among the items bought while travelling. The most expensive item, a commissioned painting of the singer and his son, is valued at $6,000.
The page is in fine condition, with some handling wear and ink cancellation strokes lightly touching Lennon's information. Some minor surface impressions from Lennon's declaration on the reverse. Identical forms filled in by Lennon's assistants who accompanied him on the trip, Fred Seaman and Uda Uneko, are included.
These documents are accompanied by: two reprinted photos of Lennon in Bermuda; and one reprinted photo of the painting of John and Sean on the beach, hung over a piano.
While in Bermuda with son Sean, Lennon visited the botanical gardens and saw the freesia Hybrid flower, Double Fantasy, the name of which he would borrow for his next release.
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Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: PT316