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Anyone Want to Bid on John Lennon’s Tooth?


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There have been a lot of oddball Beatles items to go to auction in the past few years, but here's one piece of memorabilia that makes the $14,000 purchase of John Lennon's toilet bowl seem normal: On November 5th, Omega Auctions will offer one of Lennon's teeth to the highest bidder. As the story goes, instead of putting the tooth under his pillow like a normal person, the Beatle gave it as a gift to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett in the late 1960s. "[Lennon] was in the kitchen and he had this tooth which he had wrapped in a piece of paper. 'He said, 'Dot will you dispose of this,' and then he said, 'Or, as your daughter's a Beatles fan, you can give to her as a souvenir," Dot's son Barry Jarlett said. "It is something that we felt was very personal and my mum actually gave it to my sister who has kept it safe."

Like all things Beatles-related items on the auction block, this tooth will no doubt find a buyer, but an estimated bid of £10,000 (about $15,800) is a tad extravagant. "This is the most wonderful and weird item that we have ever had for sale," Omega Auctions Karen Fairweather told the BBC. "It is a truly unique item and it is really difficult to put a value on it. We are expecting it to achieve at least £10,000 but it is not unknown for these items as rare as this to reach six figures." Unless the world's wealthiest oral surgeon has a Beatles fetish or some genetic scientist plans on going all Jurassic Park on the tooth to clone Lennon, there's no chance this bicuspid hits six digits.

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