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John Lennon's Tooth Up For Auction Next Month

First Posted: 10/18/11 05:48 PM ET   Updated: 10/18/11 08:36 PM ET

Would you pay $16,000 for someone's old tooth? What if it happened to belong to John Lennon?

The late musician's tooth will go up for auction next month, reports BBC News. The item belongs to Dot Jarlett, a former housekeeper for the Beatles who received the tooth from Lennon back in the 1960s. Lennon reportedly planned to throw it out before giving it to Jarlett as a "souvenir" for her daughter, who was a Beatles fan.

"It is a truly unique item and it is really difficult to put a value on it," Karen Fairweather of Omega Auctions told the BBC, adding that the tooth could sell for as much as six figures.

The sale of Lennon's tooth joins the auction of a letter penned by Paul McCartney as just another event in the parade of Beatles-related news in the past few months:

Paul McCartney: Ocean's Kingdom
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This September, the New York City Ballet collaborated with Sir Paul to put on "Ocean's Kingdom," a ballet part "Little Mermaid," part "Avatar" that McCartney wrote and scored himself. The ballet told the story of an underwater kingdom in conflict with the human world above. Vague choreography killed it for audiences and critics, who reacted with polite dismissal, but McCartney's onstage bow was a hit.
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