It’s been a hard day’s bite...
Beatles enthusiasts may soon be able to get a little bit closer to John Lennon than they ever thought possible as a section of his tooth goes on display in Lancashire.
The rotten tooth of music star Lennon had been taken out as part on a procedure in the mid 60s.
He gave it to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett to throw out, before changing his mind and telling her to keep it, as “it could be worth something one day”.
The tooth sold at an auction recently for a record-breaking £19,000, and has now been turned into a pendant.
The necklace will this month form the star attraction as dentist practices in Preston and Chorley use it to raise awareness of oral cancer.
The tooth had been bought by author Michael Zuk, a collector of celebrity teeth who also owns one of Elvis Presley’s crowns.
Claire Lord from Southport Road Dental Practice in Chorley, one of 16 that will host the tooth, said: “All the team are really excited to be bringing part of Beatlemania to Chorley.
“We are so lucky to have this unusual piece coming to help us raise awareness for oral cancer and the importance of being screened.”
The tooth, which was transformed into a necklace by American-based jewellery designer Ari Soffer, has now been valued at $25,000.
The practice on Southport Road will host the necklace on Wednesday, November 28, and anyone who has one of the free oral checks will also have their picture taken wearing the necklace.
Adelphi Dental Centre in Preston will also be holding free screening sessions on November 19 alongside the on-loan necklace.
Dr Alex Wong, from the centre, said: “We are delighted to be involved in Mouth Cancer Action Month in this fun way.
“We are looking forward to having this opportunity to invite anyone who feels that they maybe in an at risk group to pay us a visit.”
Mouth Cancer Action Month will run throughout November and the first dentist to link the screening with a bit of pop culture was Hull-based Dr Chris Branfield, who also co-founded the charity Dental Mavericks.
The tooth was sold at auction last year by the housekeeper who said she needed to raise money for a family member’s operation.
In the UK mouth cancer is diagnosed in more than 6,000 people annually and kills around 2,000 people each year.