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‘Elvis Day’ arranged to raise awareness of mouth cancer


A dental crown made for legendary performer Elvis Presley is being toured across the UK as a dozen dentists are set to take part in ‘Elvis Day’ this May, in order to promote awareness of mouth cancer. The crown was made for Elvis by Memphis dentist Henry J Weiss and the restoration will be on display alongside costumes, music and free mouth cancer screenings for patients. 1,985 people in the UK died from oral cancer in 2010.

The crown was made after Elvis visited the dentist at 10.30pm on August 15th 1977, the day before he passed away at his Graceland home in Memphis, aged 42. The tooth restoration was then bought at auction in February 2012 for $11,000 (about £6,600) by a Canadian dentist who collects celebrity teeth. Dr Michael Zuk has also been making headlines recently as he claimed to be considering cloning singer John Lennon from DNA taken from a wisdom tooth that he also purchased at auction, saying that the clone ‘could be looked at as my son’.

This famous Beatles tooth was also sent to 16 different dental clinics in the UK as part of a similar campaign back in 2012. The tooth was put into a pendant and it toured the surgeries to raise awareness of dental problems, including oral cancers.

The King’s dental mould up for auction


A dental impression of Elvis Presley’s teeth is going up for auction later this month, and is expected to reach at least £10,000, as fans of the legendary singer raid their bank accounts to own what has been dubbed ‘the King’s Crown.’ The mould clearly shows both upper and lower jaws, and also has a spare crown over one of the front teeth, which Elvis kept handy in case he damaged one of his teeth while on tour.

Memphis dentist Henry J Weiss provided dental care for ‘The King’ until 1971 and he prepared the porcelain cap himself, after Elvis cracked his front tooth on a microphone while performing in Las Vegas. The mould comes complete with letters of authenticity from the family of Dr Weiss (his wife and sons) and Joe Esposito, who worked as Presley’s road manager. It is being kept in a glass display case until the auction on the 25th of February.

The auctioneers, Omega Auctions, are becoming regulars with celebrity dental items, after they sold John Lennon’s extracted molar at the end of last year, Paul Fairweather, of the Stockport firm, said that they were ‘extremely excited on the consignment of this truly unique item from the King of Rock and Roll. Whilst it is not a real tooth, as was the case with the Lennon tooth, it is the only one in existence and we expect there to be considerable interest in this.’

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