Heinrich Wieland's Nobel Prize auctions for $395,000

A Nobel Prize awarded to German chemist Heinrich Wieland has auctioned for $395,000.

The 1927 medal, which is the first Nobel Prize for chemistry ever to auction, sold at Nate D Sanders on April 30.

Nobel Prize Sanders
Wieland's research has helped the treatment of cardiovascular diseases

The auction house commented: "Wieland's research into bile acid was used as the basis for the manufacture of drugs for the treatment of a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases, underpinning his recognition as the founder of modern biochemistry."

Wieland (1877-1957) was also a staunch opponent of the Nazis and hid several Jews and resistance fighters in his Munich laboratory.

The record for a Nobel Prize stands at the $4.8m achieved by DNA scientist James Watson's medal in 2014.

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