Sunday 30 April 2017

FBI takes Lennon's prints before auction

A set of John Lennon's fingerprints being auctioned for at least $100,000 (€71,953) was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday, 30 years after the singer's death.

The 1976 signed application for Lennon's US citizenship was one of the hallmarks of 850 celebrity items in an online sale.

The fingerprint card was being shown to media at a New York store early Wednesday in an auction preview of more than 90 Beatles items when the FBI faxed a subpoena there and took the card.

Lennon was born in Liverpool, England and had been investigated by the FBI in the early 1970s for anti-war activities.

Peter Siegel, co-founder of GOTTA HAVE IT!, the shop selling the card, said he was bewildered by the FBI's action.

"This great icon has been deceased for 30 years," he said. "This is not a national threat."

Irish Independent

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