Tuesday 24 April 2018

FOR SALE: One tooth valued at £10,000. One previous owner John Lennon

Independent.ie reporters

BEATLES memorabilia fetch tidy sums whenever they come up for auction, and one man is hoping fans of the group will want to cough up for a special one-off item – a tooth of John Lennon’s.

Dot Jarlett, the housekeeper of the late Beatle, was given the tooth in the 1960’s by the singer when she worked for him at his Surrey mansion. “He was in the kitchen and he had this tooth which he had wrapped in a piece of paper,” Jarlett’s son Barry told the BBC. “He said: 'Dot. will you dispose of this, or as your daughter's a Beatles fan, you can give to her as a souvenir.’”

It comes with an affidavit signed by Mrs Jarlett who previously sold other items given to her by the singer, including a jacket.

"He was very generous to my mother," Mr Jarlett said.

"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."

The tooth will be auctioned on November 5 at a sale in Stockport.

Karen Fairweather, from Omega Auctions, said: "This is the most wonderful and weird item that we have ever had for sale.

"It is a truly unique item and it is really difficult to put a value on it.

"We are expecting it to achieve at least £10,000 but it is not unknown for these items as rare as this to reach six figures."

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