Russian journalists auction ‘Nobel Medal’ to help Ukrainian children, donate 4.6 billion to UNICEF

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Russian journalists auction ‘Nobel Medal’ to help Ukrainian children, donate 4.6 billion to UNICEF

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian correspondent Dmitry Muratov Auctioned the Nobel Peace Prize Medal. to bring money to help children affected by the war in Ukraine by making up to 103.5 million US dollars, or about 4,619.7 baht

A spokesman for the Heritage Auctions, which is hosting the auction, said: The identity of the buyer could not be verified as it was auctioned through a proxy, with the bid amount of $103.5 million converted from CHF 100 million. which implies that the buyer is a foreigner

Muratov, who received the Nobel Prize in 2021 for his role in the Novaya Gazeta newspaper. which is an independent Russian press that just shut down in March. The Russian government has heavily cracked down on media and public opposition to Ukraine’s aggression. gave an interview after the auction ended that He hoped there would be a huge show of solidarity. But did not expect that there will be such a large number.

An online auction that started on June 1st, which coincides with International Children’s Day. Muratov traveled to New York City for a live auction that took place on June 20 local time. At first, the bid was as high as $55 hundred thousand, although the auction price was believed to be higher. because many telephone and online bidders The winning bidder bids by phone. But no one expected that this auction would ultimately raise $103.5 million.

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Muratov has put forward the idea of ​​auctioning his Nobel medal to help children in Ukraine, after previously announcing he would donate the proceeds of the Nobel Prize. All five hundred thousand dollars, or 17.7 million baht, to charitable organizations.

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Muratov said The proceeds from the auction will go directly to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in an effort to help the children. who had to become exile from the Ukrainian war UNICEF said it had received the money a few minutes after the auction had ended.

Previously, the largest silver Nobel medal ever bought was in 2014 at $4.76 million, which was coined by James Watson, who discovered the common DNA structure. With the team in 1962, three years later, the family of Nobel laureate Francis Crick, along with Watson, auctioned the medal. which received $2.27 million, or about 80 million baht.

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