John gave it to housekeeper as souvenir… now it can be yours, along with invitation to audition as Beatles drummer

John Lennon's tooth

Groovy tooth: the Lennon relic

When John Lennon pulled out one of his own teeth at home in the late 1960s, he gave it to his housekeeper as a souvenir.

Now it’s up for auction – and experts reckon it could be yours for around £10,000.

Dot Jarlett was working for the Beatles icon when he pulled the tooth at his home, Kenwood, in Surrey.

Her son Barry tells the BBC: “He was in the kitchen and he had this tooth which which he wrapped in pieces of paper. He said, ‘Dot, will you dispose of this?’ Then he said, ‘Or, as your daughter is a Beatles fan, you can give it to her as a souvenir.’”

“My mum gave it to my sister, who kept it safe.

“He was very generous to my mother. He treated her like family, because he didn’t really have a very big family, and he really looked after my mum. He used call her ‘Aunty Dot’.”

Omega Auctions will sell the tooth on November 5 in Stockport. A spokesperson says there’s a chance it could go for six figures.

Meanwhile, a letter inviting an unnamed drummer to audition for the Beatles in 1960 is expected to make £9000 at a separate auction in London on November 15.

It’s a note hand-written by Paul McCartney in response to a classified ad in the Liverpool Echo newspaper, placed by a musician looking for work.

Dated August 12, it reads: “We would like to offer you an audition for the position of drummer in the group. You will, however, need to be free soon for a trip to Hamburg (expenses paid £18 per week (approx) for two months).

“If interested ring Jacaranda club and ask for a member of the Beatles.”

The deal fell through for unknown reasons, and the band set off for Hamburg with drummer Pete Best three days after the letter was written.

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