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Focus On: John Lennon's tooth

by Jamie Breese, Sunday Mirror 23/10/2011

In one of the most bizarre pop memorabilia sales ever, one of Beatle John Lennon’s teeth will be sold at auction next month. ­

Lennon gave the tooth to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett, who worked for him at his Surrey mansion in the Sixties.

Thanks to the fame and popularity of its late owner it is likely to fetch far more than the Tooth Fairy would ever leave under your ­pillow.

The Beatle pulled out the tooth himself and told Mrs Jarlett to give it to her daughter.

Dot’s son Barry said: “He 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’.”

It comes with paperwork Mrs Jarlett signed confirming its history.

The tooth is being auctioned in Stockport, Greater Manchester, on November 5 and is likely to sell for at least a five-figure sum but could hit six.

Any memorabilia ­related to John Lennon, who was shot dead in New York on December 8, 1980, aged 40, is hugely popular – and valuable.

For ­example, last June his handwritten lyrics for the Beatles song A Day in the Life sold in New York for a ­staggering $1,202,500 (about £810,000).

The track, from the ground-breaking 1967 Sgt. ­Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, is one of the most ­scrutinised of all the band’s songs.

The double-sided sheet of paper in Lennon’s hand has crossing-outs, ­corrections and ­reworkings, ­showing how the masterpiece evolved.

Commenting on the tooth sale, Karen Fairweather, of Omega ­Auctions, said: “This is the most ­wonderful and weird item that we have ever had for sale. 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 items as rare as this to reach six figures.”

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