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Nobel Prize award sold for Ukrainian kids shatters record at $103.5M

Nobel Peace Prize Auction
Posted at 8:12 PM, Jun 20, 2022

The Nobel Peace Prize that Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov was auctioning off to raise money for Ukrainian child refugees has sold for $103.5 million.

Monday's sale shatters the old record for a Nobel. Previously, the most ever paid for a Nobel Prize medal was $4.76 million. Muratov was awarded the medal in October 2021. He helped found the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was the publication's editor-in-chief when it shut down.

That was in March, amid the Kremlin's clampdown on journalists and public dissent in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

“It has to become a beginning of a flash mob as an example to follow so people auction their valuable possessions to help Ukrainians,” Muratov said in a video released by Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale but is not taking any share of the proceeds.