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  • Leon Lederman's Nobel Prize sells for $760,000
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    Will Davison
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Leon Lederman's Nobel Prize sells for $760,000

A Nobel Prize presented to physicist Leon Lederman has sold for $760,000 at Nate D Sanders.

The lot headlined an online memorabilia sale that closed on May 28.

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Lederman is the second living person to auction a Nobel Prize

Lederman received the medal in 1988 for his 1962 discovery of the muon neutrino - a subatomic particle. He is the second person to have auctioned a Nobel Prize during his own lifetime.

The other, biologist James Watson - a member of the team that discovered the structure of DNA - sold his at Christie's last year.  

It was bought by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who promptly returned it to him with the words: "Dr Watson's work contributed to cancer research, the illness from which my father died.

"It is important for me that�Ǫ the medal will stay with the person who deserved it. I wouldn't like the medal of the distinguished scientist to be an object on sale."

The first ever Grammy award, dating to 1958 and awarded to The Champs for Best R&B Performance for their song Tequila, sold for $62,500.

It was one of only 28 awards presented that year and comes with an original programme from the event.

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  • Post author
    Will Davison
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