A piece of John Lennon, his tooth, will go to the highest bidder
A literal piece of John Lennon is to be auctioned off in November, his own tooth which he gave to his former housekeeper Dot Jarlett as a souvenir.
After writing some of the most memorable songs in the history of modern music, everyone wants a piece of John Lennon. And it is easily understandable that John Lennon fans want to keep for themselves a part of their favorite artist, be it pictures, memorabilia, previously worn clothes, anything that has to do with John Lennon is fair game. Whatever he touched or used becomes valuable to fans and collectors. So how about getting a piece of that legendary Beatle's smile?
This time around, it's not just a song or an idea, nor is it a clothing or a used microphone, it's a real physical chunk of John Lennon, his tooth.
John Lennon reportedly gave this tooth to Dot Jarlett in the late '60s, after he pulled it out, on his Kenwood mansion in Surrey.
I would wait for it to be DNA tested first before I even consider placing a bid. But for now fans will just have to take Mrs Jarlett's word as truth. The tooth comes with an affidavit from Mrs Jarlett, claiming its authenticity. To some, this assurance would be enough because she has sold a number of John Lennon memorabilia in the past, including the jacket John Lennon wore on the Rubber Soul album.
Dot's son Barry Jarlett told the story to BBC: "He was in the kitchen and he had this tooth which he had wrapped in a piece of paper. John 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'. "It is something that we felt was very personal and my mum actually gave it to my sister who has kept it safe."
The special tooth will go to the highest bidder in Stockport on the 5th of November this year. It is not clear if the proceeds will go to any charity or music related programs but the auction house is expecting to fetch at least £10,000.
For more information on this story head over to BBC news.
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