Face of the Day

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Today’s Face of the Day is the man who shot John Lennon.

Mark Chapman had been loitering outside the Dakota building all day.

As Lennon made his way into the building from his limo at 10.50pm, Chapman shot him twice in the back and twice in the shoulder.

Lennon stumbled into the building mumbling ‘I’m shot’ before falling face down.

Why is this relevant now? Because a shirt with Lennon’s blood on it recently sold at auction. 

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A shirt stained with John Lennon’s blood from the night he was murdered has sold for a whopping £31,000.

Concierge Jay Hastings was wearing the white shirt as part of his uniform at the Dakota building in New York when Lennon was shot by deranged fan Mark Chapman.

As the former Beatle stumbled through the door and collapsed Mr Hastings rushed to help him.

While he tried to give him aid some of Lennon’s blood soaked into his shirt which is still visible today on the chest and sleeves.

Mr Hastings covered Lennon’s chest with his uniform jacket, took off the star’s glasses and called the police.

The macabre piece of memorabilia which was sold on Saturday by the former porter smashed its £7,000 estimate.

Mr Hastings had a good working relationship with the Lennon and Yoko Ono and also included in the sale is a copy of the album Double Fantasy signed ‘To Jay, Love John Lennon Yoko Ono’.

There is also a Thanksgiving card from the family dated 1978 with a printed message, doodle and signatures from John, Yoko and Sean, and a typed letter from Yoko Ono two weeks after her husband’s death thanking the staff for their support, in its original envelope with ‘Jay Hastings’ written on the front.

Garry Shrum, from Heritage Auctions, said: ‘Jay Hastings kept this shirt all these years and never really spoke about it.

‘It has just been sitting in a drawer for years and now he is getting older he felt it was time to sell it.

‘There are remnants of blood on the shirt. Some people might be appalled but it’s a piece of history.

‘We did ask ourselves ‘is this too dark or wrong to sell’ but I don’t think it is.

‘He is not exploiting John Lennon’s death. He is telling the story of how he tried to help John Lennon in the last few minutes of his life.’

Exploiting Lennon’s death? Yes or no…

 

– via Daily Mail


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