His was a time before eBay, so John Lennon wasn't that jaded about signing autographs—if you could get to him. But few fans carried records around to be signed back then, so any album signed by Lennon since the early '60s is rare.
But not at Forever Legends, an autograph dealer in suburban Los Angeles. While Beatles experts might not be able to count up 10 Lennon signed Imagine albums, Forever Legends has had at least 23 on their website from 2007 to 2010. And who knows how many more didn't make it online? All available "forensically examined" for authenticity. They use Chris Morales, and sometimes his name was proudly listed in the descriptions.
That's not all the John Lennon "autographs" they've had on their site.They've also had at least...
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- Nine signed Imagine posters (they came with the albums).
- Three Double Fantasy albums
- Three Mind Games albums, including one they called an English release that's actually Dutch
- Three Two Virgins albums, also signed by Yoko
- Four Plastic Ono Band albums, three signed by Yoko, too
- One Imagine, Working Class Hero German release 12-inch Maxi single
- Two Apple Records 10th Anniversary promo posters signed by ALL the Beatles
- One And This And World War II album, signed by Lennon, McCartney and nine others
- A Revolver, signed by all the Beatles
- A Hard Days Night, signed by all the Beatles
- A Help Beatles lobby card, that was later offered on page one of an American Royal Arts catalog
- And that's just what we have.
Help! Beatles lobby card from Forever Legends' website that was later found in an American Royal Arts catalog.
That's at least 52 albums and posters on Forever Legends' site, supposedly signed by John Lennon or more. We probably have others if we dig. All at exceptionally low prices—usually at less than 10-cents on the dollar.
All signed remarkably similarly. And in the case of the Double Fantasy
albums at least, which came out in 1980, signed remarkably differently than he signed at that time. Compare those signatures to ones Lennon signed for a fan in Brazil in 1979 and 1980 in this great blog post, Lennon and Me
. Lennon's autograph got shorter by the year starting the mid-1970s.
What do you think?