Nobel medal awarded for DNA breakthrough goes up for auction

November 28, 2014 5:01 PM

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Nobel medal awarded for DNA breakthrough goes up for auction

Christie's New York will be auctioning off Watson's 1962 medal Dec. 4 and projects it will bring a bid of between $2.5 million to $3.5 million. The medal was awarded for Watson's groundbreaking discovery, alongside Dr. Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, of the structure of DNA: the double helix.

A Nobel Prize medal has never been offered for sale by a living recipient. The family of Dr. Crick, who died in 2004, sold his medal at auction in 2013 for $2.27 million.

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