New York. Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned his Nobel Peace Prize to raise funds to help the children of Ukraine. The award sold on Monday night for $103.5 million. The proceeds of the auction will be used for the welfare of children displaced by the war in Ukraine. A spokesperson for Heritage Auctions, which organized the auction, did not reveal who bought the award.
It is believed that a person from another country has bought it. Muratov received the award last year for his defense of the Freedom of Expression along with Philippine journalist Maria Rasa. The auction process, which lasted for about three weeks, ended on the day of ‘World Refugee Day’. Muratov said in an interview, ‘I expected that it would get a lot of support, but I did not expect to get such a huge amount.’ Earlier in 2014, James Watson’s Nobel Prize was sold for the highest $ 47.60 million.
Muratov’s newspaper closed after Ukraine war
He was awarded this award for his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. In October 2021, Muratov, who was awarded the gold medal, founded the independent Russian newspaper ‘Novaya Gazeta’. He was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper at the time of its closure in March. The newspaper was closed for suppressing public protests in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Russian crackdowns on journalists.
UNICEF got auction money
Muratov announced a donation of $500,000 in cash from the auction of the prize to charity. He said that this amount will go directly to UNICEF. Soon after the auction ended, UNICEF said it had received the amount. The online auction process started on June 1. (agency input)
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 22, 2022, 07:36 IST