Dr. Francis Crick's Nobel Prize For Discovering
DNA Structure To Be Offered
The 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
awarded to Dr. Francis Harry Compton Crick, along with Drs.
James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins, for
"...their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic
acids and its significance for information transfer in living
material" will be auctioned with an opening bid of $500,000 when it
comes across the block at Heritage Auctions on April 11 as the
highlight of the company's Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction.
The auction of the medal is a historic moment, marking the first
time that a Nobel Prize has been sold at public auction. It has
been kept in a safe deposit box in California since Crick's widow
passed away, and has been consigned to auction by his heirs. It is
one of 10 lots consigned by the family, including Crick's
endorsed Nobel Prize Check, dated Dec. 10, 1962 and one
of his lab coats. The trove also contains nautical logbooks,
gardening journals and books from Crick's personal collection.
"This year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic discovery
of the structure of DNA and 50 years have passed since Francis
Crick was awarded the Nobel Prize," said Kindra Crick,
granddaughter of the famous scientist and spokesperson for the
family. "For most of that time, the Nobel Prize and the unique
personal diploma have been locked up. By auctioning his Nobel it
will finally be made available for public display and be well
looked after. Our hope is that, by having it available for display,
it can be an inspiration to the next generation of scientists."
In addition, the Prize's proceeds will again be used to promote
ground-breaking scientific research, as a portion of the sale will
be awarded to the new Francis Crick Institute in London set to be
completed in 2015.
"The discovery of the structure of DNA launched a scientific
revolution and forever changed human understanding of life," said
Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts for Heritage
Auctions. "This medal is the embodiment of the respect and
recognition that came with that momentous breakthrough."
Crick showed an aptitude toward science at an early age,
receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University College
London at the age of 21. He met James D. Watson (b. 1928), a 23
year-old American postdoctoral zoologist with a background in
genetics, in 1951. The two men, discovering a shared common goal of
solving the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA,
became close friends and partners.
Crick, alongside Watson and Wilkins, received his Nobel Prize
from the hand of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden at the Stockholm
Concert Hall on Dec. 10, 1962. Rosalind Franklin, who also
contributed to the discovery, died in 1958 before the Nobel was
awarded. It is not awarded posthumously.
"The whole family went to the grand ceremony in Stockholm where
the Nobel Prizes were awarded by the King of Sweden." said Michael
Crick, Francis Crick's son, "My Dad dressed for the occasion, gave
a speech and danced with my sister Gabrielle. It was a great honor
to be there."
After receiving the medal, however, Crick — never one to rest on
his laurels, went right back to work.
"We know he deeply appreciated the recognition by his peers,"
said Michael, "but he did not talk much about winning the medal
after the event. That was the thing about my Dad; he was a very
focused scientist and after DNA he went on to work on the mechanism
of protein synthesis, deciphering the three-letter nature of the
genetic code and determining the origins of life on earth. He was a
driven scientist his whole life. At 60, he turned his attention to
theoretical neurobiology and for the next 28 years helped advance
the study of human consciousness."
Crick's granddaughter echoes those sentiments about his humble
nature and attitude of hard work.
"My Granddad was honored to have received the Nobel Prize," she
said, "but he was not the type to display his awards; his office
walls contained a large chalkboard, artwork and a portrait of
Crick's initials are engraved on the reverse of the medal, along
with the year of the prize, 1962, presented in Roman numerals:
"F. H. C. Crick/MCMLXII." The second piece of the Prize, the
Nobel diploma — two beautifully handwritten, vellum pages, 9.5" x
13.5", in Swedish, dated Stockholm, October 18, 1962 — is also
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Selections from This Month's Dallas Signature
Have you looked at the offerings in the 2013
March 21 - 22 & 24 Dallas US Coin Signature Auction yet?
Here is a sampling:
Private and Colonial Issues:
This is only a sampling of the offerings in our Dallas auction.
We're sure you'll find something to interest you, regardless of
your US coin interests or numismatic budget. Take a look now at
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Website Tips: Editing
Individual entries in MyCollection
If you've ever been to HA.com's MyCollection, you've undoubtedly
seen some of the great features, such as:
- All purchases from Heritage auctions added automatically
- Up to date valuation of all US coins
- Set your own Buy Now price for items from Heritage
- Organize your items into collections and subdivisions of your
- Handy wizard for quickly entering lots of US coins at the same
- Add PCGS, NGC and ANACS coins by scanner
But once a coin has been entered, there are reasons that you
might want to change some of the information. To do so, click on
the coin in your MyCollection listings. This will open a new page,
covering only the specific coin. Here is a guide to what you can
- Collection: Click on the link if you want to move the coin to
another collection – even if the collection doesn't exist yet
- Service: If the service is wrong, change it here. This change
will appear on the main listings.
- Your Reference Number: If you have your own cataloging system
or want to enter a brief visible note on the coin, add it
- Amount paid: Add or change the amount paid for the coin. This
is useful if you want to add sales tax/shipping, or if you're
adding material that you didn't buy from Heritage.
- Your Value: This is an override value to the automatic value we
provide for US coins, and it is included in the full value of the
collection printed on the collection listings. This feature is
especially useful for world coins and varieties that are not
- Date Acquired: Heritage provides this information for all coins
we add to your collection. If you like, add this for coins you
bought from other sources.
- Grade: The numerical grade of the coin, ranging from Poor-1 to
Mint State (or Proof) 70. This will appear in the collection
listings, and all value calculations are based on this grade.
- Quantity: If you have more than one. This is useful if you have
multiples of the same coin, often in roll quantity. Not recommended
for slabbed coins. Note that the calculated value and the Your
Value entry are based on a single coin, then multiplied by the
- CertID: The certification number of a slabbed coin. This
number, combined with the grading service, uniquely identifies the
- PCGS No: The PCGS Index number for the coin. Changing this will
allow you to change the date, denomination, designation (such as
Red or Prooflike), or finish (such as proof) of the coin without
having to create a completely new entry. All calculated values are
based on this index number.
- Source: Where you bought the coin. This is added automatically
for all coins purchased in Heritage auctions; you may wish to add
it for other coins.
- Coin Notes and Misc. Notes: Two fields where you can keep notes
about the coin.
- Description: This is the description of the coin that
displays in the collection listings. If you wish change what
the listings say, edit it here.
- Image One and Image Two: Places to keep images of the coins.
Obverse and reverse images should be added automatically for coins
purchased in Heritage auctions. If you wish to add images for your
other items, you can browse for the proper image.
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This Week's Top Ten
The eleven most valuable coins to sell in Heritage coin auctions
Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS. Realized
$20 MS67 PCGS. Realized $1,897,500
- 1921 $20
MS66 PCGS. Realized $1,092,500
- 1907 $20
Small Edge Lettering PR68 PCGS. Realized $920,000
- 1921 $20
MS65 PCGS. Realized $805,000
- 1884 T$1
PR65 PCGS. Realized $603,750
$20 AU55 PCGS. Realized $603,750
Disme, Judd-10, PR62 Brown NGC. Realized $587,500
$20 AU58 NGC. Realized $576,150
- 1895-O $1
MS67 PCGS. Realized $575,000
- 1907 $20
High Relief, Wire Rim MS69 PCGS. Realized $575,000
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad
range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson
Square. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and
currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have an
opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco
office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients,
evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin
shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate
with numismatic experience.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.
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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your
When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more
(or $2,500 for Art and Natural History lots), you will receive a
coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot to
Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through Heritage
is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your return
out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for
something better, perhaps your collecting tastes will change, or
maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the
coupon, which could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.
- Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or
- Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all
items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
- All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's
Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art &
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As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially
rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best
talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong
general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These
specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others
will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open
at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new
state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown
Manhattan and Beverly Hills.
Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in
the following categories:
- 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New
- Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
- Coin Buyer: San Francisco
- European Art Specialist: New York
- European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
- Firearms Specialist: Dallas
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills,
- Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
- Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
- Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
- World Coins Director: Hong Kong
If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we
seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.
We are also seeking to fill the following corporate
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Front-end Web Developer: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas
- WPF Applications Developer: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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Upcoming Charity Auction: Meet Dirk Nowitzki And
Help Fight Childhood Hunger
Dirk Nowitzki is giving you a chance to meet him! Bid in the
Kroger "Give & Go" online auction benefiting
North Texas Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Program. You can win two
tickets in a suite, an autographed jersey, tour of the Mavericks
facility and meet the 2011 NBA Finals MVP — Dirk Nowitzki! Proceeds
go to the North Texas Food Bank's Food 4 Kids program that feeds
12,000 chronically hungry children in North Texas each weekend
during the school-year.
Now through March 15th, you can bid on twenty (20) packages that
- Invitation for two (2) for a special meet & greet with Dirk
Nowitzki, including a tour of Mavs practice facility and locker
room after Mavs-Bulls game on March 30. With photos and
- Two (2) tickets inside a catered suite for the Mavs-Bulls game
on March 30 at American Airlines Center in Dallas
- One (1) Mavs player jersey autographed by Dirk Nowitzki
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Start a blockbuster collection with Weekly Movie
The Oscars may
have come and gone but for collectors of movie memorabilia it's a
never-ending search for the latest blockbuster for their
collection. Sometimes the values for the best vintage movie posters
sold at auction can be a bit intimidating to new collectors:
$388,375 for a three sheet movie poster for "King Kong"; $35,850
for a poster from "The American Venus"; or $191,200 for an insert
from "Casablanca." But the beauty of the hobby is that it is
immediately accessible to new collectors of every taste,
imagination and budget, said Grey Smith, Director of movie posters
at Heritage Auctions. Smith said he has seen the type of buyer
attracted to his weekly
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auctions change during the last
few years, with younger buyers seeking posters from contemporary
"It's a great place for a starting collector to educate yourself
about what collecting movie posters is all about," Smith said.
Smith said the weekly Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auctions
average about 500 lots each and are curated with a consideration
for the collector's eye. Each auction has a nice mix of popular
genres as well as vintage and popular contemporary posters. "We
offer a cross section," said Bruce Carteron, auction coordinator
for movie posters at Heritage.
Unsurprisingly, the most valuable posters sold during Heritage's
weekly Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auctions are dominated by those
from the most popular films: An 1962 Italian 4-folio reissue for
"Casablanca" sold for $8,962 and a 1937 "Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs" poster sold for $8,962. Collectors are willing to pay big
dollars for monster movie posters with a "Creature From the Black
Lagoon" one sheet bringing $6,572, a poster for "Abbott and
Costello Meet Frankenstein" selling for $3,943 and an insert for
1942's "Ghost of Frankenstein" reaching $3,737.
However, for every poster worth thousands there exist posters
snapped up for pennies on the dollar, Smith said.
"We get great posters in these auctions but there are always
deals to be had," Smith said. "There are a number that are just
absolute bargains and that's OK. Auctions are meant to have deals
in them, although many go for more than expected!"
According to statistics available to everyone on ha.com,
Heritage has sold more than 156,000 posters through its Internet
and final session auctions, including its weekly Sunday Internet
Movie Poster Auctions. More than 143,000 of those posters are grade
fine or better, which Smith said exemplifies his staff's push to
offer quality over quantity. Prices realized for those lots show
thousands of posters with average prices well within a new
collector's budget. Every lot starts at $1 with a $14 buyer's
Buying trends sometimes mirror current box office blockbusters,
Smith said. A recent spike in popularity for James Bond posters
could be attributed to the success of "Skyfall", the latest
addition to the franchise. A one sheet for 1965's "Thunderball"
recently sold for $836, nearly double the price paid for the same
poster in a 2011 Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction.
Another trend Smith has documented is a greater volume of
contemporary posters sold each week. "It tells me we have a younger
generation coming to us weekly buying posters for their favorite
movies." A rare lenticular one sheet for "Avatar," James Cameron's
2009 epic about blue-skinned aliens being harassed by human
explorers sold for a surprising $1,553. Posters for "Star Wars,"
"Back to the Future," and "Gran Torino" are brisk sellers as
"A new movie to us is one that came out in the 1990s," Smith
jokes. "It's exciting to see posters for newer releases attracting
new buyers to these auctions."
Highlights from some of our past weekly internet auctions
||A one sheet for "Gun Crazy," a 1950 film noir
movie by United Artists sold for $4,780 on Jan. 27, 2013. The
unrestored poster retains its original bright color and a clean
||This British Quad poster on linen, measuring 30
inches by 40 inches, for the 1964 United Artists James Bond film
"Goldfinger" sold for $6,931 on Jan. 27, 2013. The restored
poster's gilded price may be due, in part, to the popularity of the
current James Bond flick "Skyfall."
||Younger collectors are turning to vintage posters
leading to brisk sales of posters such as this 1977 one sheet
release for "Star Wars," which sold for $1,027 on Jan. 27, 2013.
This poster stands out because it is rolled, not folded, and is a
first printing graded fine/near mint.
||Vintage posters abound in Heritage's Weekly
Internet Auctions such as this 1961 one sheet for "West Side
Story," which sold for $161 on Feb. 17, 2013.
||This poster for Jaws (Universal, 1975) sold for
$513 on Feb. 24, 2013.
||Internet movie poster auctions offer unrestored
posters in as found condition, such as this one sheet for the 1957
Elvis Presley flick "Loving You", which sold for $418.
More information about
Movie Posters auctions.
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