Certain tabloids proclaim that "celebrities, they are just like us" as they to clean up after their dogs, drink coffee and have dental problems like regular folks. However when celebrity teeth are knocked-out, extracted or fall out those chompers do not always make it to the tooth fairy as they can simply be sold to the general public for a tidy sum.
Celebrity worship is alive and well in America. Whether it unwarranted love for Snooki or Paris or devotion to talented musicians like Davy and Whitney, countless people are star struck. While some fans can easily incorporate their passion for a celebrity as a healthy hobby, others have unhealthy fictional relationships with famous folks to the point that the fantasy acts as a substitution for real life. Regardless of the level of commitment, seeing a favorite star in the flesh can be exhilarating, and owning a part of them such as teeth and dentures can provide a constant thrill, and that has caused those old devices to sell for thousands of dollars at auction.
John Lennon's Teeth, Sold for More than $31,000
During his lifetime John Lennon made a permanent mark on rock-n-roll. The English talent was one of the most prolific and popular songwriters on earth. Lennon was born in Liverpool, formed a local band called The Beatles and the rest is history. Sadly, Lennon was murdered in New York City in 1980; thanks to his skills his musical legacy fans will continue to be devoted to him. One follower showed his devotion to the artist by purchasing Lennon's tooth at auction for over $31,000.
Beatlemania was the term coined in response to how the rock group took the world by storm during their heyday. Millions of devoted followers swooned over the Beatles. Once such gal was the daughter Lennon's Surrey mansion housekeeper, Dot Jarlett. Rumor has it that Lennon had performed his own tooth extraction and gave Jarlett the remnants of his work to throw out or to give to her daughter who was a huge Beatles fan. Jarlett chose the latter and after decades, the teeth made it too the auction block.
Those teeth went up for sale via Omega Auctions of London on November 5, 2011 and were purchased by a Canadian dentist for the staggering sum. The tooth came with paperwork confirming the history.