Dentist Buys John Lennon's Tooth for $31,000 (Picture)

John Lennon Remembered in Manhattan John Lennon is remembered on the 30th Anniversary of his death at Strawberry Fields, Central Park in Manhattan. The former Beatles band member was shot and killed outside of his home at the Dakota on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Lennon would have turned 70 this year. (Pacific Coast News)more pics » John Lennon (via HuffingtonPost.com) In today's very bizarre news: A dentist in Canada bought John Lennon's decaying old tooth for $31,200! The tooth was sold in an online auction and a man named Micael Zuk claims he had the winning bid.

Now, where did said tooth come from (other than the late Beatles star's mouth)? Well, it was apparently given to a gal named Dorothy Jarlett by Lennon himself. She worked as a housekeeper for Lennon and had a warm relationship with him, one that merited the gift of his tooth, apparently.

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

The tooth stayed in Jarlettt's family for over 40 years. Now, Dot, as she's called, is 90 and decided it was time to part with the tooth.

Apparently the tooth is too sensitive for DNA testing, but there's no real doubt about its authenticity, since it came from Jarlett herself. 

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