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For Sale: 1 Nobel Prize (Used)


(Photo of Watson from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Let's face it: you've always deserved a Nobel Prize. Oh, the Nobel Committee could never be persuaded of that. But now they can't stand in your way any longer. James Watson, one of the men who discovered the structure of DNA and the recipient of a Nobel Prize in 1962, is placing his gold award up for auction.

The Nobel Prize goes on the block on December 4. It could earn up to $3.5 million (USD). Proceeds from the sale of the prize as well as other personal effects from Watson will go to benefit research institutions where he worked over the course of his career.


(Photo of the Nobel Prize awarded to Frederick Banting by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)

-via Marginal Revolution


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This sale wouldn't be the first.

Crick's prize sold at auction last year, for about $2 million. See http://www.livescience.com/28651-crick-dna-nobel-medal-sold.html . Chadwick's medal, which he sold to a private collector, went up for auction earlier this year for 329,000. According to the Nobel Prize site, "Niels Bohr's Nobel medal, as well as the Nobel medal of the 1920 Danish Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, August Krogh, [were] donated to an auction held on March 12, 1940 for the benefit of the Fund for Finnish Relief".
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Oh, I doubt the Noble prize commission will appreciate this and will probably put some sort of future restriction on selling those medals (like the Oscars have done) for future recipients. But IF it brings in a hefty amount of money to be used for research then I say "Go for it!"
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