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John Lennon’s tooth comes home to Liverpool

Wed

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.’

Patients at a Yorkshire dental practice have been brushing up on their oral hygiene techniques

Thu

Patients at a Yorkshire dental practice have been brushing up on their oral hygiene techniques in the run-up to Christmas with the help of no less a person than John Lennon.

The clinic really got its teeth into the subject on the occasion of a special week celebrating fifty years of Beatlemania by exhibiting a fragment from one of the legendary singer’s molars – which brought open-mouthed reaction recently when it was bought at auction for a remarkable £19,000.

The buyer was Michael Zuk, author, dentist-to-the-stars and a man with an unusual obsession for collecting the teeth of celebrities.

Apparently Lennon, the musician and singer-songwriter who together with Paul McCartney formed one of the most celebrated song-writing partnerships of the 20th century. had originally asked his former housekeeper Dot Jarlett to dispose of the extracted tooth sometime in the mid-sixties, but  then, on second thoughts, suggested that she might keep it and present it as a memento to her daughter, who was, not surprisingly in the circumstances, a big fan of the Beatles.

Part of that famous tooth was later turned into a ‘DNA necklace’ by the world-renowned Beverley Hills jewellery design expert Ari Soffer, and it was that which was loaned to the dental practice as the dentists there sought to highlight the risks of mouth cancer and encourage people to make regular check-up appointments, warning that the earlier the disease is diagnosed the better are the chances of a complete cure.

The clinic had been trialling a new piece of equipment, which uses a fluorescent light to pick up early symptoms of mouth cancer and this particular awareness campaign targeted people over 55.

There just happens to be quite a few fanatical ‘Fab Four’ followers amongst the clinic’s list of clients, and one of them, Keith Lowe, added a further shine to the occasion by loaning his  comprehensive collection of Beatles memorabilia to be put on display.

He was only too happy to do so, as he had just lost a very good friend to cancer, and he was therefore especially keen to do everything he could to make the public aware of the dangers.

It proved a very popular and worthwhile promotion. All those who attended were not only given very important dental advice, they were also able to enjoy a nostalgic touch of Beatlemania.

You can just imagine all the people…

Lennon tooth sells for almost £20,000

Mon

 

A rotten tooth that once belonged to legendary musician John Lennon has been sold for £19,000 at an auction that took place in Stockport over the weekend. The Omega Auction House in Greater Manchester had listed the tooth’s reserve price at £10,000, apparently underestimating the demand for Beatles memorabilia from fans all over the world.

Canadian dentist Michael Zuk was the lucky winner of the decaying extracted molar, placing the winning bid by telephone in the final moments of the auction. 49-year-old Michael, from Alberta, described himself as ‘buzzing’ after winning the tooth, telling the BBC, ‘Once I heard it was up for sale, I had to have it. Some people will think it’s gross; other will be fascinated by it. Most people would say I was crazy, but I think it’s fantastic’.

Michael – whose credits include a book on celebrity teeth – said that he would be displaying the famous tooth in a glass case at his dental practice. Lennon’s tooth was originally passed on to his house keeper after it was removed during the sixties. Auctioneer, Paul Fairweather, described it as ‘the most weird and wonderful item’ they had ever had for sale at the auction house. He went on to say that the bidding was a tense affair, but the watching crowd gave a huge cheer when the gavel finally fell.

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