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Nobel prize for discovering DNA up for auction

Published on Feb 26, 2013 6:22 AM
This handout image provided February 25, 2013 by Heritage Auctions in New York shows obverse side of the 1962 Nobel Prize medal awarded to Dr. Francis Crick. Dr. Francis Crick’s 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering DNA structure and other items will go up for auction April 10, 2013 at Heritage Auctionsin New York. The gold Nobel medal being auctioned by Crick’s heirs, is expected to bring $500,000 USD. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - The Nobel prize awarded to Francis Crick in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA has been put up for auction by his family along with one of his lab coats, his books and other memorabilia.

It is believed to be the first Nobel prize placed at auction in more than 70 years and the opening bid is set for US$250,000 (S$309,900), Heritage Auctions said on Monday.

Some of the proceeds from the April 10 auction in New York will help fund research at the new Francis Crick Institute in London set to be completed in 2015.

His family said Crick was a modest man who preferred to outfit his office with a big chalkboard and a portrait of Charles Darwin than to display his many awards.

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