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OTRC: John Lennon's tooth bought by Canadian dentist for $30k

John Lennon appears in an undated photo from his official website. / John Lennon's molar appears in a photo from Omega Auctions. (JohnLennon.com / OmegaAuctions.com)

John Lennon's tooth was put up for auction and received an impressive $30,500 in a winning bid from a Canadian dentist.

The tooth came from a collection of rock memorabilia owned by former Creation Records boss Alan McGee, according to BBC News. Lennon originally gave the molar to Dorothy "Dot" Jarlett, a house keeper who worked for the Beatles front man in Surrey between 1964 and 1968.

The Alberta-based dentist Michael Zuk who won the auction wrote a book on celebrities' teeth and told BBC, "Once I heard it was up for sale I had to have it."

Zuk said he planned to put the tooth on display in his office, adding, "Some people will think its gross, others will be fascinated by it."

The sale was held in England by Omega Auctions, who estimated the tooth would earn between $16,000 and $32,000.

"It's rather gruesome, yellowy, browny with a cavity," Karen Fairweather of Omega Auctions said of the tooth. "John Lennon came back from the dentist and gave it to his housekeeper and said to dispose of it 'or better still give it to your daughter as a souvenir.'"

Lennon was shot dead outside his New York home in December 1980, when he was 40 years old. He left behind his wife Yoko Ono and their son Sean Lennon, who was born in October 1975.

In November 2010, the Beatles' extensive catalog became available for download on iTunes.

In October, former Beatles' member Paul McCartney celebrated his third marriage to American heiress Nancy Shevell. Drummer Ringo Starr, the only other surviving member of the Beatles, attended the ceremony. George Harrison died from cancer at age 58 in 2001.

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