US scientist James Watson sells his Nobel Prize medal for $4.8 million

December 9, 2014 1:15 PM

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US scientist James Watson sells his Nobel Prize medal for $4.8 million

LONDON: In what is the first Nobel Prize medal to be put on sale by a living recipient, US scientist James Watson who was awarded the world's most prestigious award for discovering the structure of DNA, has sold it at an auction on Saturday for $4.8 million or £3 million.

Watson received the prize in 1962 for the discovery of the structure of DNA - which encodes the instruction booklet for building a living organism.

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