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DNA discoverer's letter sells for more than $5M

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A letter that scientist Francis Crick wrote to his son about his Nobel Prize winning DNA discovery has been sold at a New York City auction for a record-breaking $5.3 million.

Christie's auction house says the purchase was made by an anonymous buyer Wednesday. The price is more than $6 million when the commission is included.

Christie's says that's a record for a letter at auction. The previous record belonged to an Abraham Lincoln letter that sold in April 2008 for $3.4 million including commission.

In the letter to his 12-year-old son, Crick describes his discovery of DNA's structure as something "beautiful."

A different sale, on Thursday, will feature the 1962 medal that Crick won.

Heirs of the molecular biologist are selling his possessions, in part, to benefit scientific research.


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