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Russian journalist sells Nobel Peace Prize for $103.5 million to help Ukrainian children

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has sold his Nobel Peace Prize for the colossal sum of $103.5 million, as the proceeds will all go to refugee children from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It is the highest amount of money a Nobel Prize medal has ever fetched at auction, with the previous highest being $4.76 million in 2014, when James Watson , co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, has sold his 1962 Nobel Prize. The identity of the buyer has not been confirmed by Heritage Auctions, but they have hinted that the buyer was from the foreign. Muratov has been highly critical of the Russian administration since the start of the invasion and he has already donated $500,000 to various charities.

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“I was hoping there would be tremendous solidarity, but I didn’t expect it to be such a sum,” Muratov said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Muratov founded the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 for his contribution to journalism amid government repression.

The auction was supposed to bring over a million dollars, but everyone was surprised at the final amount.

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” I can not believe it. I am amazed. Personally, I’m blown away. I am amazed. I don’t really know what went into that,” said Joshua Benesh, director of strategy at Heritage Auctions.

“We knew there was a tremendous outpouring of interest over the last few days from people moved by Dimitry’s story, by Dimitry’s act of generosity, that global audiences were listening to tonight,” said he added.

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