Russian journalist auctions Nobel Prize medal for the benefit of Ukrainian children

Lat auction of the medal of Nobel Prize launched by the Russian journalist Dmitri Muratov for the benefit of Ukrainian children reached 103.5 million dollars. With this he broke all records for this type of auction.

At a sale in New York on Monday, the editor-in-chief of the independent investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta gave the 196-gram medal, which has a 150-gram gold cover, to an anonymous buyer. She obtained the award together with the Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, “for her efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.”

The money raised will be given to a program of the Unicef for Ukrainian children displaced by the conflict and far exceeds the 4.76 million dollars that another Nobel medal reached in 2014.

“Muratov had consulted him with the committee of the laureate and he received the blessing supporting his decision so that the profits help the children and refugees of Ukraine”, specified the secretary of the committee that awards the prize, Olav Njølstad.

“It’s a laudable goal. We can only congratulate him on the result and hope that the help reaches those who need it most, ”he indicated in an email to the AFP.


In its 120-year history, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 975 individuals and organizations. It has been a reward for a career in areas such as the promotion of Peace, Literature, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and since 1968 the Economy.

Over time, several prizes ended up being auctioned off by heirs. This allowed others to get one of these medals without having been distinguished with the award for “a service to humanity”, conceived by alfred nobel (1833-1896) in his will.

The Nobel Prize sold for less money at auction was the Frenchman’s prize Aristide Briand. He was honored in 1926 for his role in the short-lived reconciliation between France and Germany.

In 2008 it was acquired by a museum and seven years later it was stolen by unknown persons. The medal awarded to the British William Randal Cremer in 1903 it narrowly exceeded this price. Awarded for $17,000 in 1985.

For some years now, the appetite for these awards began to increase. In the last decade, several physics awardsChemistry or Economy reached prices between 300,000 and 400,000 dollars.


Among the medals for the Peace Nobel, that of the Belgian Auguste Beernaert distinguished in 1909 reached 661,000 dollars. And the prize awarded to the Argentine Argentin Carlos Saavedra Lamas in 1936 reached 1.16 million dollars.

Until now it was the prize that medicine held by the record when American James Watson, one of the scientists who discovered the structure of DNA, raised $4.76 million in 2014.

On the other hand, sometimes the expectations of an auction are not met. The medal awarded to the American writer William Faulkner, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 was withdrawn from an auction. This after he failed to raise the half million dollars expected by his heirs by putting the piece up for sale in 2013. N

With information from AFP

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Russian journalist auctions Nobel Prize medal for the benefit of Ukrainian children