John Lennon’s tooth touring UK to promote oral cancer awareness and the next stop is Bristol

Part of John Lennon’s tooth is going on show in Bristol to raise awareness of oral cancer.

People will have the opportunity to wear the tooth round their neck and have their photo taken with it.

The tooth necklace is on a UK tour in a bid to raise awareness of oral cancer. Over the next few weeks, it is visiting 16 dental practices to highlight National Mouth Cancer Month. It will be accompanied by free mouth screenings, promotions and fundraising events at every dental practice.

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Mouth cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world. NHS guidance says that early detection can boost chances of survival from 50% to 90%.

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Lennon gave the tooth to his former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, between 1964 and 1968 thinking she would dispose of it. Instead, she gave it to her daughter - a massive fan of the Beatles - who guessed it would be worth something one day. She sold the tooth recently in order to pay for a family member's operation.

The tooth went under the hammer in Stockport and was bought for nearly double its listed reserve price - £19,000. The lucky collector was author, dentist and celebrity tooth collector Michael Zuk who also owns one of Elvis Presley’s crowns.

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Part of the tooth has since been turned into a necklace by Beverly Hills jewellery designer Ari Soffer. Named the John Lennon DNA Tooth Necklace, it has been valued at £15,600 ($25,000).

Its next stop is Clifton Dental Studio on Thursday 21st November. Free mouth screenings will be offered with it.

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The necklace's visit to Bristol coincides with an exhibition run by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. The Georgian House, which is part of Bristol Museums, will be showing a series of avant-garde films by the artist and activist.