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There is definitely an overlap between collecting celebrity memorabilia and gathering holy relics. Y’know back in medieval times there used to be a galloping trade in bits of the cross, bits of the saints, bits of the Lord Jesus Christ himself? Well similar things are going on nowadays with auctions of memorabilia.
We’re long used to the idea of fans keeping toenail clippings or hair trimmed from their particular idol, but a Manchester auction, taking place this week, has taken this up a notch.
Among the usual kind of lots – paintings by Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, a suit worn by John Lennon in A Hard Day’s Night, Oasis memorabilia from their former label boss Alan McGee – is one of John Lennon’s teeth.
A tooth (with a cavity) that he took out of his mouth himself, in the late ’60s. He handed it to his housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, as a keepsake, which is pretty odd in itself.
Now she’s selling it. It is expected to raise £10,000.
Which begs the question; would you buy it? And for how much? I’m probably going to stick with the records, if it’s all the same…
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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