6 Nov 2011

Canadian dentist snaps up Lennon molar

11:34 am on 6 November 2011

A Canadian dentist has bought a yellowing tooth said to have been extracted from John Lennon's mouth more than 40 years ago.

Michael Zuk paid £19,500 at an auction for the molar.

The tooth was from a collection of rock memorabilia owned by Alan McGee, former boss of Creation Records.

The BBC reports other items being sold included oil paintings from John Squire of the Stone Roses and gifts from politicians.

Mr McGee says he is selling the collection because he is sick of the music industry.

Mr Zuk, who has written a book on celebrities' teeth, expects some people will find the tooth gross but others will be fascinated by it.

He says he plans to display the tooth in his surgery as well as take it on a tour of other dental surgeries and dental schools.