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John Lennon’s tooth comes home to Liverpool


It has toured all over the country after being incorporated into a necklace to raise awareness of oral cancer, and now John Lennon’s extracted molar has returned to his home city of Liverpool, just in time for Beatles Mania Week and the band’s 50th anniversary. The necklace, estimated to be worth around £25,000, will be displayed at the Brunswick Street Surgery, offering patients the chance to wear it and have their picture taken as they learn more about the symptoms of oral cancer.

The tooth was originally sold at auction a year ago to dentist Michael Zuk for £19,000 after Lennon’s former house keeper, Dot Jarlett, held onto it for nearly fifty years. The Beatle is thought to have passed it on to her sometime between 1964 and 1968, after having it removed due to decay, and Ms Jarlett stored it to give to her daughter, suggesting that it might be worth something one day.

Fragments of the tooth were then transferred to a necklace and it has been displayed at some of the UK’s top dental practices, in order to highlight National Mouth Cancer Month. Owners of the Liverpool clinic that currently holds the jewellery, husband and wife team Marius and Debbie McGovern said that they were ‘proud to be the only Liverpool dentist involved in this important campaign.’

John Lennon’s tooth up for auction


A molar removed from the mouth of John Lennon in the sixties is set to go up for auction, with a predicted sale price of around £30,000.The tooth is the ultimate collectors item for any fan of the fab four, and was passed on to Lennon’s housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, after it was extracted because it was decaying. Dot’s son, Barry, explained that Lennon had brought the extracted tooth home from the dentist wrapped in paper and asked Dot to throw it away, before adding ‘As your daughter’s a Beatles fan, you can give it to her as a souvenir.’ He went on to say that his sister has kept the tooth safe all these years and that ‘It is something that we felt was very personal.’

Barry praised the late Beatle for the generosity he showed to his mother, saying ‘He treated her like family, because he didn’t really have a very big family and he really looked after my mum, he used to call her Aunty Dot.’ Dot has previously sold several of Lennon’s belongings, including the jacket he wore for the cover picture of ‘Rubber Soul.’

The fifty-year-old molar comes with a signed document of authenticity, and will be opened to bidders on the 5th of November in Stockport. Bets placed with Ladbrokes show that the current predicted price is a little over £30,000. Ladbrokes spokesperson, Alex Donohue, was confident that the tooth would peak buyers interest, saying ‘We’re convinced bidders are going to get their teeth stuck into this lot.’

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