Dentist behind John Lennon clone plan is hoping Presley crown will promote mouth cancer awareness
A dozen dentists across the UK will be hosting an ‘Elvis Day’ in May to promote awareness of mouth cancer.
Each practice will host a model of Presley’s teeth plus a genuine dental crown made for the rock ‘n’ roller by former Memphis dentist Henry J Weiss. Each ‘Elvis Day’ will involve costumes, music and free mouth cancer screenings, according to the organisers.
In 2010 6,539 people in the UK were diagnosed with oral cancer and there were 1,985 deaths from oral cancer in the UK.
Presley visited the dentist at 10.30pm on August 15, 1977, the day before he died. Elvis’s Crown was bought in auction in February 2012 for $11,000 by Michael Zuk, Canadian author and dentist and obsessive collector of celebrity teeth.
Elvis’s Crown was bought at auction in February 2012 for $11,000 (£6,500). The buyer, who has sent the crown on tour, is Michael Zuk, a Canadian author, dentist and collector of celebrity teeth.
Zuk recently outlined his plans to clone Beatles musician John Lennon using DNA from the singer’s tooth, another item in his collection. Speaking to Channel 4’s ‘Dead Famous DNA’, Dr Zuk told presenter Mark Evans: “He could be looked at as my son.”
The same tooth was sent on a tour of 16 UK dental practices in 2012.