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The Nobel Peace Prize auctioned for him Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov for raise funds for ukrainian refugee children I know sold on monday night by $103.5 million, breaking the old record for a Nobel. A spokesman for Dutch auction house Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale, would not confirm the identity of the buyer.

“I expected there would be a huge amount of solidarity, but I didn’t expect it to be such a large amount,” Muratov said after the nearly three-week auction, which ended on World Refugee Day. Previously, the most paid for a Nobel Prize medal was $4.76 million in 2014, when james watsonwhose co-discovery of the structure of DNA earned him the Nobel Prize in 1962, sold his.

Three years later, the family of his co-recipient, Francis Crick, received $2.27 million at auction. Muratov, who received the gold medal last October, helped found the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was editor-in-chief when it closed in March amid the Kremlin’s crackdown on journalists and public dissent in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It was Muratov’s idea to auction off his prize, as he had announced that he would donate the accompanying $500,000 cash prize to charity. Muratov has said that the proceeds will go directly to UNICEF in their efforts to help children displaced by the war in Ukraine. Minutes after the auction ended, the organization reported that it had already received the funds, reported Bloomberg.

The online offers began on June 1 to coincide with the celebration of International Children’s Day. Many offers came by phone or online. The winning bid, submitted by phone, catapulted bidding from low millions to astronomical levels.

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