A DJ is on the verge of taking the bite out of the credit crunch by selling his gold teeth.
Anthony Ghosh had his mouth filled with 28 gold teeth three years ago but has decided that as a result of growing financial pressures he may have to sell off his valuable assets.
Mr Ghosh, of Avenue Road, Beckenham, says he hopes to rake in £14,000 if he finds the right buyer for his teeth.
The 30-year-old said: ”The state of the country at the moment means things aren’t great for me financially.
“I’m struggling because of the credit crunch like everybody else and I’m seriously look into selling some of my teeth
“If I get the right price I will sell all of them.
“Gold is an investment and I’ve got £30,000 worth in total including rings, bracelets and necklaces. It’s a lot of bling.”
If Mr Ghosh, known as DJ Talent, does sell his teeth he will have to visit a dentist to get the gold removed and replaced with porcelain dentures.
He then plans to sell the teeth online or to a museum.
Single Mr Ghosh originally spent £7,000 on a full set of gold teeth in April 2005, claiming the new look would help his music career.
He added: “The way things are at the moment means it is important to have some money stashed away rather than worrying about how handsome you look.
“I’m thinking about using the money to help better my music career, to help me out financially.
“I want a comfortable life and if I sell my teeth I could get that.”
Albie Burke runs Gemini Jewellers and Pawnbrokers in Orpington high street and says that although he wouldn’t accept Mr Ghosh’s gold teeth, the number of people pawning precious items is on the increase.
He said: “We are seeing an increasing number of people selling stuff.
"The economic climate is driving them to raise some extra money by pawning things which would normally get left in a drawer.
“The type of person visiting us has changed too and we had a diamond ring worth £10,000 brought in recently.
“People are in need of extra cash and we are seeing higher value items.”
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