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Downturn forces DJ to sell teeth

DJ Talent aka Anthony Ghosh
DJ Talent hopes to raise 30,000 from selling his teeth

A DJ and recording artist hit by the economic downturn is planning to sell his gold teeth in order to raise cash.

Anthony Ghosh, aka DJ Talent, hopes to raise about 30,000 by selling all 28 of his gold crowns.

The 30-year-old from Beckenham, south London, says he has seen a significant drop in vinyl sales.

"Records aren't really shifting these days," said the electro house DJ. "It's been like this for a couple of months now and it's not getting any better."

He added: "It's more downloads everyone's interested in, so the music industry is taking a drop."

It's a big decision getting rid of my teeth and could actually cost me my career as I don't know if I'll be noticed with white teeth
DJ Talent

He had his teeth crowned three years ago, at a cost of 10,000, to help to boost his career.

"I had all my teeth filed down to small spikes to be more recognisable to my fans and have a trademark as a recording artist," he said.

"But due to the credit crunch and things not going too great at the moment, I'm forced to think about what I'm going to do in the future."

"It's a big decision getting rid of my teeth and could actually cost me my career, as I don't know if I'll be noticed with white teeth."

However, he is considering getting treatment for his teeth once the economic outlook improves by turning to platinum crowns because "they're better value, basically".

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