Posted on June 22, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Russian journalist has auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize to benefit UNICEF's relief efforts in Ukraine.

The New York Times reports that Dmitri A. Muratov's medal brought in $103.5 million from an anonymous buyer on Monday.

The auction house, which will not take a commission on the sale, hadn't expected such a huge sum — for context, the previous record for a Nobel medal sale was under $5 million.

Muratov, the editor in chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, isn't the first laureate to sell a medal to help support victims of an invasion.

He cited, earlier this month, Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who auctioned his medal to benefit the civilians of Soviet-occupied Finland.

Muratov said, in a speech before bidding on his medal began, that he hoped he would then serve as an inspiration for others to fundraise for Ukraine.

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