Prints were due to be auctioned
A set of John Lennon‘s fingerprints have been seized by the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) from a New York memorabilia dealer.
The rare collectable was due to be auctioned with the minimum bid set at $100,000 (£63,000).
The prints were taken at a New York police station in 1976, when Lennon applied for permanent US residence.
An FBI official told BBC News that they believed the card was government property and would be investigating how it ended up in private hands.
The card was due to be part of an auction of 850 pieces of memorabilia, which are being sold to coincide with what would have been Lennon‘s 70th birthday on Saturday (October 9).
In 1991, Sotheby’s auction house sold a similar item for $4,125 (£2,600), although the piece was not an official document, rather a copy Lennon had made and autographed for a policeman.
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