John Lennon's tooth fetches nearly £20,000 at auction
A tooth formerly belonging to John Lennon has fetched nearly £20,000 at an auction in the UK.
The Beatles legend's molar was put up for sale at the Omega Auction House in Stockport over the weekend (November 4), and was eventually sold for £19,000 – almost double its listed reserve price of £10,000.
According to Rolling Stone, the winning bidder was a dentist from Canada, although the Omega Auction House have not yet given any official verification or released the winner's identity.
The tooth was put up for auction by former Creation Records boss Alan McGee. He also donated a suit worn by Lennon in the band's Hard Day's Night film, along with a painting by The Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, which McGee bought four years ago. A sizable collection of memorabilia from Oasis – who McGee signed to Creation in 1993 – was also featured.
McGee was reportedly set to make up to £150,000 from the auction. He defended his decision to sell his memorabilia collection, which he has been collecting since 1983. "I can't be arsed with music any more," he protested last month.
The tooth was originally given to Lennon's housekeeper Dorothy Jarlet, who worked for the singer at his home in Weybridge between 1964 and 1968.
Previously, it was reported that a handwritten mystery letter written by The Beatles inviting a mystery drummer to audition for them will be auctioned off in London later this month (November 9), and is expected to reach up to £9,000.
In September, meanwhile, a document showing how the band refused to play to segregated crowds was sold for $23,000 (£14, 875).
Uncut have teamed up with Sonic Editions to curate a number of limited-edition framed iconic rock photographs, featuring the likes of Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and The Clash. View the full collection here.