Nobel Peace Prize Sells for Record-Shattering $103.5 Million

Nobel Peace Prize Sells for Record-Shattering $103.5 Million

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Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov’s selfless decision to sell his 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal to help Ukrainian refugees has raised more than $100 million in humanitarian aid.

Dmitry Muratov.

The medal sold Monday night for $103.5 million, handily smashing the record for a Nobel medal.

Heritage Auctions, which facilitated the sale, said the Nobel medal sold to an anonymous buyer at a live global auction event in New York, and that the funds have already been remitted to UNICEF to aid Ukrainian children and their families displaced by Russia’s invasion of their country.

“Several months ago, we at Novaya Gazeta asked ourselves what we could do to stop the war and help these civilians get their lives back,” Muratov said Monday night. He is editor-in-chief of the paper. “We decided to sell our Nobel Peace Prize medal through Heritage Auctions, which managed the process very efficiently and waved all their fees and commissions completely. We thank them for this.”

“We were honored to work with Dmitry, eager to facilitate this opportunity with UNICEF, and we’re completely awestruck at the end result,” says Joshua Benesh, Chief Strategy Office at Heritage Auctions.

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