The Nobel Peace Prize medal by Russian journalist and government critic Dmitry Muratov has been auctioned for 103.5 million US dollars (around 98 million euros). The money has already been transferred, the auction house Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, confirmed on Monday evening (local time) to the German Press Agency. According to media reports, this is the highest price ever paid for a Nobel Prize medal.
The auction announcement said the proceeds would go to the UN children’s fund Unicef to help refugees from Ukraine who lost their homes to Russia’s war of aggression. Bids have been accepted online since early June.
Muratov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which is critical of the Kremlin, announced in March that he would have his Alfred Nobel Medal auctioned off. The 60-year-old received the Nobel Peace Prize last year together with the Filipino journalist Maria Ressa. This also included prize money of more than 960,000 euros. Muratov donated his share to social causes.