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Monday, 12 November, 2001, 09:27 GMT
Toothy problem for Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Nicholson: Won an Oscar for As Good As It Gets
A set of old teeth belonging to Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson are to be auctioned on a TV show.

It is the first time the set of teeth - consisting of a mix of his baby teeth and adult molars - has been offered as one lot.

But the star of The Pledge, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and As Good As It Gets is reportedly furious that the teeth are to be sold in this way.

The Pledge
The Pledge: Nicholson stars as cop Jerry Black
The star is keen to buy the teeth back, according to the programme's producers, who admit it is a strange thing to sell.

"It's weird, yes, but we've had offers already exceeding 5,000," said Peter Newby, managing director of Auction World, on Sky Digital.

"We're intrigued to see what Mr Nicholson's agent offers."

Nicholson was born in New Jersey in 1937 and started work as an actor in the late 1950s.

It was his role in the 1969 classic Easy Rider that confirmed his route to the top of the acting profession and earned him his first Oscar nomination.

His portrayal of an angry ex-musician in Five Easy Pieces and a detective in Chrinatown brought further Academy nomination.

He won his first Oscar as the asylum patient Randall Patrick McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

He won as best supporting actor Oscar for Terms of Endearment in 1983 and another best actor Oscar for As Good As It Gets opposite Helen Hunt.

The teeth will be auctioned on 10 December.

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