Dr. Francis Crick’s Nobel Prize medal sells for $2,270,500 at Heritage Auction, April 11, 2013

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Dr. Francis Crick's Nobel prize medal, front, Heritage lot #34001

Dr. Francis Crick’s Nobel prize medal, front, Heritage lot #34001

Coming from a scientific background, I was acutely aware of the significance of the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. The names Watson and Crick were emblazoned in my mind, alongside the likes of other famous scientists like Newton, Darwin and Einstein. So it was with great curiosity that I followed the auction of the Nobel Prize medal won by Dr. Francis Crick for his share of the discovery.

Back of Dr. Crick's medal

Back of Dr. Crick’s medal

Heritage Auction included the 23K solid gold medal in its Manuscripts Signature Auction in New York on April 11, 2013. The auction house estimated the medal could sell for up to $500,000, but it soon became clear that price would be left in the dust. Selling as lot #34001, it soared to $2,270,500, including buyer’s premium. The winner was businessman Jack Wang, of Biomobie, a biomedical company with offices in California and China. He flew into New York to attend the auction.

Dr. Crick's endorsed Nobel Prize check, Heritage lot #34002

Dr. Crick’s endorsed Nobel Prize check, Heritage lot #34002

The family of Dr. Crick had consigned the medal, along with ten other lots, including Dr. Crick’s endorsed Nobel prize check for 85,739.88 Swedish Kroner. It sold as lot #34002 for $77,675.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

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