FBI Seizes John Lennon Fingerprint Set

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Right before they were to go on auction, a set of John Lennon’s fingerprints was seized by the FBI.

As the fingerprint card was being shown to media in New York City, the feds faxed a subpoena and took the card, Reuters reports. The prints had originally been taken in 1970, when Lennon was suspected of anti-war activity. An attorney of Lennon’s said the prints were part of a file that went missing in 1976.  The card was reportedly consigned to a shop by a well-known promoter over 20 years ago. (See pictures of The Beatles on the set of A Hard Day’s Night.)

Reportedly, federal investigators were worried whether the prints were part of Lennon’s file and had been missing. Those selling the card say they’re shocked at the federal action.

“This great icon has been deceased for 30 years,” said Peter Siegel, co-founder of Gotta Have It, the company auctioning the card. “This is not a national threat.”