You can't make up stories like this: A man sold a mold of Tiny Tim's teeth online for $1,500.00.
It's a bizarre memento from an equally bizarre performer, one that Brian Blouin kept in a desk drawer for years.
But now, Tiny Tim's teeth will travel to Texas.
Before he died of a heart attack in 1996, Tiny Tim — a novelty musician best known for his falsetto rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" — was contemplating oral surgery.
Plaster impressions of the ukulele player's top and bottom teeth were made by his dentist.
The moldings eventually came into the possession of Boulin, 32, who first struck up a friendship with Tiny Tim when Boulin was a teenager growing up in Andover.
After years spent in his desk drawer, Boulin, now a Methuen resident, put the keepsake up for auction online late last month.
It took just five days before a man from Rockwall, Texas, bought the moldings for $1,500.
"It's a unique item," said Blouin, a patrolman with the Andover police department. "You usually don't see celebrity's dental impressions out on the market. Who knows? It might open up a trend."
A total of 16 bids were placed on the moldings beginning March 30, the highest at $200.
But the auction closed Saturday when Texan Randy Reeves, 50, an accountant, bought the plaster impressions for the "Buy It Now" price of $1,500.
Reeves said he was motivated to buy the dental moldings because they were unique.
"It's about as personal as you can get," said Reeves. "Or about as personal as you would want to get."
Reeves plans to give them to his friend Bucks Burnett, who produced a Tiny Tim album in 1996.
"He's going to flip out," said Reeves.
I always enjoyed Tiny Tim. I loved to hear him sing but I really enjoyed his interviews. Tiny Tim held nothing back, always giving frank and honest answers, reveling himself as a man of humor and slave to his bizarre hygienic habits. Flamboyant, eccentric and charismatic, Tiny Tim was one-of-a-kind and a truly unique performer. I'm sure he'd get a kick out of this story.
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