RESULTS: Dr. James D. Watson's Nobel Medal and Related Papers

New York

3 lots sold

Total: $5,367,000/£3,434,880/€4,347,270

    100% sold by lot

3 lots offered

£0.64= $1 / € 0.81=$1

100% sold by value

Lot

Description

Estimate ($)

Price Realized

Buyer

1

Watson, James Dewey. 1962 Nobel Prize Medal in Medicine or Physiology for his work on the discovery of DNA’s structure. 23 carat gold, 66 mm diameter (approx. 2 5/8 in.).

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY NOBEL PRIZE

2,500,000 - 3,500,000

$4,757,000

£3,044,480

€3,853,170

Anonymous

2

Watson, James D. The Nobel Prize “Banquet” Speech . Manuscript draft notes for the Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech. 5 pages on four leaves, small 8vo (170 x 135 mm), in blue ink on Grand Hotel Stockholm stationery. Stockholm, December 9, 1962.

300,000 - 400,000

$365,000

£233,600

€295,650

Anonymous

3

Watson, James D. “The Involvement of RNA in the Synthesis of Proteins.” Original Holograph Manuscript for Watson’s Nobel Lecture delivered on December 11, 1962. 46 pp.

200,000 - 300,000

$245,000

£156,800

€198,450

Anonymous

             

 

Francis Wahlgren, Christie's International Director of Books & Manuscripts, comments: “We are honored to have been entrusted with the sale of the Nobel Prize medal awarded in 1962 to Dr. James Watson for his part in one of the most pivotal scientific discoveries of the 20th century, the structure of DNA. The bidding opened at $1.5 million and proceeded swiftly upward as a three-way battle between clients on the phone, until one bidder dropped out at the $3.8 million mark. The remaining two phone bidders battled on in increments of $100,000, until the final, record-setting price of $4.76 million was achieved – more than double the previous price realized for a Nobel Prize medal at auction. These historic prices, as well as the strong prices achieved for Dr. Watson’s Nobel acceptance speech and lecture manuscript, demonstrate the growing strength in the market for the iconic pieces related to the early understanding and development of the implications of DNA and its growing relevance today.”

PRESS CONTACT: Melissa Abernathy | +1 212 636 2680| mabernathy@christies.com

Next Sale:  Paris, 9 December, Livres et Manuscrits

Please click here to view the full international schedule of upcoming sales from the Books & Manuscripts department at Christie’s

Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2018 that totalled £5.3 billion / $7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.