PRE-AUCTION PRESS RELEASE:
THE KING'S CROWN – Up for auction on 25th February 2012 is this one of a kind piece of rock and roll memorabilia; a model of Elvis Presley's teeth together with a crown made for the star made by former Memphis dentist Henry J Weiss. Weiss, who was Presley's dentist until 1971 affectionately called the crown the "King's Crown." The model and crown is accompanied by five letters of authenticity from the wife/sons of the dentist and Joe Esposito, Presley's road manager. The model of the King's teeth is encased in a custom glass display.
Henry Weiss, whose offices were located in the 430 Dermon Building in downtown
Memphis did any and all dental work including the preparation of a porcelain
crown for Elvis' front tooth. Dr. Weiss always kept an extra crown on the model
of Elvis Presley's teeth in the event that he might chip or crack his crown. In
February of 1971, Elvis cracked his crown on a microphone while performing at
the International Hotel, currently known as the Hilton Hotel - Las Vegas. Dr.
Weiss' son, S. Lewis Weiss, flew a replacement crown to Las Vegas.
Dr. Henry Weiss was born on Christmas day, 1907 and died December 11, 1990. He graduated from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry with a DDS Degree in 1931. He practiced dentistry in Memphis for 57 years and was a recipient of the Tennessee Dental Association's Fellowship Award.
Statement from Paul Fairweather, Omega Auctions “Following on from the Lennon tooth back in November which sold for £19,500, we were extremely excited on the consignment of this truly unique item from the King of Rock & Roll. Whilst it is not a real tooth, as was the case with the Lennon tooth, it is the only one in existence and we expect there to be considerable interest in this; we expect that it will sell for over £10,000.”
Dr. Michael Zuk, the dentist/author who was the purchaser of the John Lennon tooth in 2012 also placed the winning bid for the Elvis Tooth. The collection of celebrity dental memorabilia is simply a way to bring attention to various projects related to the human dentition. Dr. Zuk has authored several books including 'Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist' (a critical review of current aesthetic practice for dentists) and a children's book titled 'Teeth Shouldn't Hurt'.