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October 24, 2011

So, you think you are a Beatles fan. The test of true fans is coming soon, when one of John Lennon's teeth goes on auction.

Yes, you read that correctly. A tooth. A molar, to be exact.

Anyone can own a copy of Abbey Road, but only one person will be able to claim ownership of Lennon's tooth.

The story is that Lennon gave the tooth to his housekeeper for her daughter, a big fan of his. It has been in the housekeeper's family since the mid-1960s.  Bidding is expected to start around $15,000.

If you have more money than that to burn, perhaps one of Liz Taylor's gowns or baubles would be more appropriate to brag about? Her gems and glamorous gowns go to auction in mid-December, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

Among Taylor's treasures is the 33-carat diamond given to her by repeat husband, actor Richard Burton, and a pear-shaped pearl that was once part of the jewels owned by the Spanish royal family.

Auctions offer everything from glamorous gems to ... teeth?

But you need not spend a million dollars to enjoy an auction – and take home something with an interesting story behind it.

If you are in the market for a new car, check out this auto auction. You may get a great deal AND find something interesting under the seat!

Milford offers this auction of miscellany next weekend. At this sort of event, the chase is the thing, and the auctioneer is the evening's entertainment. The right caller will banter about the item on bid, spinning a yarn or entertaining the audience with rapid-fire enticements. “The Colonel” in the cowboy hat is center stage at the 34th annual Christmas auction in Webster every weekend until the holidays. Get your shopping done early, surely someone needs one of those antique “things.”

If online auctions are your thing and eBay just doesn't have enough stuff for you, there are websites that (supposedly) handle the items that police departments confiscate from bad guys, like this one. Strangely, when we checked we found leg warmers on auction, not bling or the accoutrements of high living. Bad guys in leg warmers?


Published: Oct. 24, 2011

Author: Allison O'Leary Murray


Word Count: 357

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