Russian journalist and founder of the independent newspaper Nova Gazeta, Dmitry Muratov, who received the Nobel Peace Prize last year, is selling the prize at auction. Ukrainian children.
Muratov, founder and editor-in-chief of one of Russia’s few independent media outlets, Nova Gazeta, which has been closed since March, won the Nobel Peace Prize last year with a Philippine counterpart. Mario Ressa. He immediately announced that he would donate the money that each winner receives together with the title of Nobel laureate to charity, and after the start of the war in Ukraine he announced that he wanted to help children who had to leave their homes because of the war. without one of the parents or even orphaned.
As he said in an interview with the AP, he wants to “return the future to refugee children” with money, so he has already donated part of the prize money (around 500,000 euros, ie half of the million he and Resso received) to Unicef. But as it is clear to him that this will not be enough to help all the children affected by the war, he decided to sell another gold medal.
As he explained, he wants to encourage other people to do the same: “All in all, it has to become a kind of flash mob, the design seems to everyone to offer their valuables at auction, and the proceeds are used to help Ukrainians.” He pointed out that it was not only children but also Ukrainians who were affected – sanctions against Russia made it difficult, among other things, to deliver much-needed aid, medicines for rare diseases, donated organs and bone marrow to his homeland.
The online auction of the prize started on June 1, and will reach its peak tonight, when the bidders will be able to compete for it in person in New York. The auction is organized by the auction house Heritage Auctions, which has waived the commission and reimbursement in advance. According to the AP, the highest price offered for the medal at the moment is 550,000 US dollars, but it is expected that it will eventually be sold for even more.
The Nobel Prizes are traditionally highly regarded among collectors. The most expensive sale is the James Watson Award, which he received in 1962 for his work in discovering the composition of DNA, for which he raised $ 4.76 million in 2014. Three years later, the award was also offered at auction by the family of Watson co-winner Francis Crick, who received significantly less, $ 2.27 million.
Auction house representative Joshua Benesh he is therefore confident that more than a million dollars will be raised for the Murat Prize. “It’s a sought-after commodity. There aren’t many Nobel Prizes in the world, and it doesn’t happen every day that you can buy it at auction,” he said. explains, but highlights two other aspects that will certainly contribute to a higher final price of the prize: “Apart from being a rather unique item, it is sold in special circumstances … it is a charity and an attempt to contribute to resolving the great humanitarian crisis.”
The auction house and Murat himself pointed out that those who have already dropped out of the auction battle can still donate funds to Unicef. Muratov will also personally attend the auction and is already on his way to New York, the AP reports.