ONE of Edward VIII’s wisdom teeth — extracted after his abdication — is to be sold at auction.
The stained tooth was removed in 1940.
Edward VIII’s wisdom tooth is going up for auction and could fetch £10,000[/caption]
It had been kept by his dentist’s family and is expected to fetch up to £10,000.
An X-ray and dental card, dated September 9, 1940, and signed by the king will go under the hammer as part of the same lot.
The Queen’s uncle abdicated in 1936 after less than a year on the throne to marry his divorcee mistress, the American socialite Wallis Simpson.
He became the Duke of Windsor and died in Paris in 1972, aged 77.
His dentist, Dr Hugh Johnson, reportedly said the Duke was “highly strung” and “jumpy” during his tooth op. Omega Auctions, which sold one of John Lennon’s teeth for £19,000 eight years ago, is putting the wisdom tooth on sale on Tuesday.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “We’re very excited to see what it might achieve.”
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and the Queen’s uncle outside Government House in Nassau, the Bahamas, circa 1942[/caption]
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A lock of Elvis Presley’s hair was sold for £92,000 while country star Willie Nelson’s ponytails fetched £27,000. Italian scientist Galileo’s finger went for an unknown amount before it was housed in a Florence museum.
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