A chunk of John Lennon‘s tooth has been used in a new sculpture made in tribute to the Beatles icon.
The Edmonton Sun reports that artist Kirsten Zuk – whose brother, dentist Dr. Michael Zuk, purchased the legendary musician’s tooth for £19,000 last November – incorporated a small piece of the molar in her clay model of the singer.
Speaking about the sculpture, which will be on display during Edmonton’s Fringe Festival with donations going towards the children’s charity Smile Train, said: “I love John Lennon – I’ve been a huge fan all my life. This is like a time-capsule. It will contain his DNA.”
Meanwhile, according to Music News, her brother said: “Lennon gave his tooth to a fan in good spirit so I wanted to do a few things that would raise awareness of the charity Smile Train, so we are asking people that come to view the sculpture at Kirsten’s Art Show this weekend in Edmonton to consider making a donation which helps children with cleft lip and palate.
“The house that Lennon lived in when he had the tooth removed just came up for sale at a reported £15 million, so anything Lennon is almost priceless.”
Lennon’s tooth went under the hammer at the Omega Auction House in Stockport, and ended up fetching nearly £20,000 – nearly double its listed reserve price of £10,000. The tooth was originally given to Lennon’s housekeeper Dorothy Jarlet, who worked for the singer at his home in Weybridge between 1964 and 1968.
Earlier this week (August 15), a mansion in Surrey previously belonging to Lennon went on the market for £15 million. He lived at Kenwood mansion in the St George’s Hill area of Weybridge between 1964 and 1968 and is believed to have penned a number of tracks for 1967’s ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ there