John Lennon Blood Soaked Shirt Sells at Auction for Over $40,000
The shirt is still owned by Hastings, but he recently decided to sell the macabre item at auction. While it was expected to reach in the region of $9,216 as the auction took place on Saturday, it eventually sold for a staggering $40,947, according to Daily Mirror newspaper. Garry Shrum, of 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.” The auction sale also included a copy of the album Double Fantasy, which includes a handwritten message that reads: “To Jay, Love John Lennon Yoko Ono.” In addition, the buyer, who is believed to have chosen to stay anonymous, bought a 1978 Thanksgiving card from Lennon, complete with a doodle and Lennon’s signature, and a typed letter from Ono thanking the staff of the building for their help two weeks after the singer’s death.