John Lennon’s Cavity-Ridden Tooth Up For Auction

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So this is pretty gross: one of John Lennon’s teeth — discoloration, cavity and all — will go up for auction next month in England, ostensibly so that one lucky (and rich) Beatles fan can string it around her neck. To which we say: ick. Celebrity worship is one thing, but we wonder if bidding on one of your idols’ discarded body parts is stepping over the line. Apparently, Lennon gave the tooth to his housekeeper, Dorothy “Dot” Jarlett, after coming home from the dentist in the late ’60s. “She was very close with John, and one day whilst chatting in the kitchen, John gave my mother the tooth… and suggested giving it to my sister as a souvenir, as she was a huge Beatles fan,” Jarlett’s son Barry said. “It has been in the family ever since.” Soon the tooth will no longer be a Jarlett keepsake, however, as Barry Jarlett is auctioning it off with a reserve price of just under $16,000. So much for the British having bad teeth.

[via CNN]