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UK News Edward VIII’s wisdom tooth to be sold at auction

16:00  20 september  2019
16:00  20 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A selection of jewellery and precious objects owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor will be auctioned in London on Thursday. Edward VIII famously

  Edward VIII’s wisdom tooth to be sold at auction © Getty

One of Edward VIII’s wisdom teeth – extracted after his abdication – is to be sold at auction.

The stained tooth was removed in 1940, four years after he married Wallis Simpson, and is expected to fetch £10,000.

It has been kept by his dentist’s family until now.

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a close up of text on a white background: Edward VIII’s dental card (Omega Auctions/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Edward VIII’s dental card (Omega Auctions/PA)

The former king, who was made Duke of Windsor following his abdication in December 1936, had his tooth removed shortly after he was appointed governor of the Bahamas.

The Queen’s uncle abdicated after less than a year on the throne to marry his divorcee mistress, the American socialite Wallis Simpson.

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Edward VIII treasures to be sold at auction A selection of jewellery and precious objects owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor will be auctioned in

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The abdication was one of the most difficult periods in the history of the British monarchy.

The former king’s tooth (Omega Auctions/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The former king’s tooth (Omega Auctions/PA)

The former monarch also faced numerous accusations of being a Nazi sympathiser.

His dentist, Dr Hugh Johnson, was later quoted as saying that the duke was “highly strung” and quite “jumpy” while in the operating room.

The dentist also worked on the teeth of Sir Winston Churchill after an accident in New York.

Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII of the United Kingdom standing in front of a building: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (PA) © PA The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (PA)

An X-ray and dental card, dated September 9 1940 and signed by Edward Wallis Windsor, will also go under the hammer as part of the same lot.

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The coronation of Edward VIII as King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and as Emperor of India was due to take place at Westminster Abbey on 12 May 1937. Preparations had already begun and souvenirs were on sale when he abdicated on 11 December 1936.

It will take place at Omega Auctions, the auctioneers who sold one of John Lennon’s teeth for £19,000 eight years ago.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “We expect huge interest in this truly unique item, which is backed up crucially by exceptional provenance.

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“Edward’s romance and subsequent abdication was one of the more remarkable events in contemporary royal history, and interest in his life remains significant, especially amongst collectors. We’re very excited to see what it might achieve.”

The Duke Of Windsor died in Paris in 1972, aged 77, and the Duchess of Windsor in 1986.

The tooth is expected to fetch between £5,000 and £10,000 in the sale on September 24.

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