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Nobel Peace Prize medal sells for $103.5 million to help Ukraine children

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The Nobel Peace Prize auctioned off by Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov to raise money for Ukrainian child refugees sold in New York on Monday night for $103.5 million (€98.3 million), shattering the old record for a Nobel.A spokesperson for Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale, could not confirm the identity of the buyer but said the winning bid was made by proxy.

The $103.5 million sale translates to $100 million Swiss francs, hinting that the buyer is from overseas.“I was hoping that there was going to be an enormous amount of solidarity, but I was not expecting this to be such a huge amount,” Muratov said in an interview after bidding in the nearly 3-week auction ended on World Refugee Day.Previously, the most ever paid for a Nobel Prize medal was in 2014, when James Watson, whose co-discovery of the structure of DNA earned him a Nobel Prize in 1962, sold his medal for $4.76 million (€4.52 million).

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