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Alberta Dentist Buys John Lennon’s Rotten Tooth
November 7, 2011
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An Alberta-based dentist claimed the winning bid on Saturday to own a piece of John Lennon - literally.

Michael Zuk of Red Deer admitted it had become "a crazy obsession" that led him to bid over $30,000 at the Omega Auctions in England.

"I just thought this was the most interesting thing I could ever lay my hands on," said Zuk, who was all smiles, "I just got lucky, or unlucky, depending on if you talk to my wife."

Lennon reportedly gave the tooth to Dorothy "Dot" Jarlett when she was his housekeeper at his Kenwood home in Weybridge, Surrey, according to her son, Barry. Apparently, many gifts were passed on by Lennon over her four years with him. Barry plans to keep a leather wallet, and his mother still has a pearl necklace Lennon gave her when he returned from Japan.

"She was very close with John, and one day whilst chatting in the kitchen, John gave my mother the tooth (after he had been to the dentist) and suggested giving it to my sister as a souvenir, as she was a huge Beatles fan," Barry said. "It has been in the family ever since."

Dorothy, who is now 90 years old, said it was the right time to pass it on rather than risk losing it. Karen Fairweather, the owner of Omega Auction House, told CNN last month that the tooth is too fragile for DNA testing, but she has no doubt about its authenticity.

Brings to mind that time when a clump of hair that was believed to have been from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the Army in 1958 sold for $18,300 in 2009 at Chicago's Leslie Hindman auctioneers.

"The nerve of the tooth is dried up and inside," Zuk said, added that he plans to take it on tour and show it off internationally at dental schools. He has hopes for its use in future research. "This is just an example of how one of the most popular celebrities had a rotten tooth. But, that is where DNA would be if in the future people are interested in trying to clone John Lennon."


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