Our mother used to say “a gift is what you want to give.” That was a nice way of saying be grateful for whatever gift someone chooses to give you. It would seem, however, that John Lennon had a very broad definition of the word “gift.”
The rotten, discolored molar of (maybe) John Lennon will go up for auction in England at the Omega Auction house on Nov. 5; the tooth will be available with a reserve price of slightly under $16,000.
The tooth was brought to auction by Dorothy “Dot” Jarlett, Lennon’s housekeeper at his Kenwood home. Barry Jarlett, Dot’s son, remembers the day the tooth was bestowed upon his mother:
“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.”
We can only imagine how touched Dot must have been at such a sweet, thoughtful present. Nothing says I love you like a discarded, rotting body part!
The tooth is apparently too fragile to conduct a DNA test, but the auction house has no doubt as to the chomper’s authenticity. Karen Fairweather, owner of Omega Auctions, says that “because it’s coming directly from Dot, we don’t doubt the provenance of the item.”
So if you ever had any designs on cloning John Lennon, this may be your chance. Or perhaps you want to show your kids the horrors of tooth decay and how it can even effect the rich and famous. In any case, open your check book and bring a barf bag.