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    Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

    Items from the personal collection of the Nobel Prize winning economist and political philosopher Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992) come up at an online sale at Sotheby’s from March 8-19. From his Nobel Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom, to his typewriter, writing desk, and personal annotated version of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, the dedicated online sale is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary this month of the publication of Hayek’s seminal publication, The Road to Serfdom.

    Hayek’s explanation of the relationship between market forces and personal freedom, among his other theories, had a profound impact on the shaping of the modern world. From the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, Hayek’s theories influenced some of the major political moments in Western history.  In more recent years, his conflicting views with rival economist John Maynard Keynes about how to conquer the Great Depression were brought into sharp focus following the economic crash of 2008.

    Born in Vienna in 1899, Hayek’s family was part of the city’s intellectual elite: his father was a doctor with a keen scholarly interest in botany; both of his grandfathers were scholars and his mother the first cousin of prominent Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein. The civilisation of Hayek’s childhood disintegrated with World War One and his youth was inevitably marked by service in the artillery in the brutal Mountain War on the Italian Front. In later years Hayek preferred to recall these years by telling of his hapless attempt to deliver a transport of live eels to the front, but he also acknowledged how the war profoundly shaped his outlook and his resulting theories.

    The Nobel Prize awarded for Economic Science in 1974

    Friedrich August von Hayek


    Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Alfonso Garcia Robles in 1982 for his pioneering work in nuclear disarmament comes up at Christie’s in New York on April 28.  It will be included in The Exceptional Sale and is estimated at $400,000-600,oo0. Garcia Robles was the driving force behind the Treaty of Tlatelolco, opened for signing 50 years ago on February 14, 1967, and significant for keeping Latin America and the Caribbean nuclear-free to this day. The Nobel Peace Prize medal is 18 carat gold and 2.5 inches diameter.

    “We are thrilled and honored to be offering this tangible symbol of mankind’s struggle for peace,” remarks Becky MacGuire, specialist of The Exceptional Sale. “In 1962 Alfonso Garcia Robles watched the Cuban missile crisis unfold a mere 1,500 miles off Mexico, and he resolved to put an end to the horrific nuclear threat for his beloved country and the entire region. His unwavering dedication to the cause of disarmament resulted in the ground-breaking Treaty that did end that threat. The Nobel Peace Prize honoring Garcia Robles reminds us of the very best in humanity, just as great, transformative works of art do.”


    Friday, July 10th, 2015
    The Nobel Prize awarded to Sir Hans Krebs in 1953.

    The Nobel Prize awarded to Sir Hans Krebs in 1953.

    The Nobel Prize medal awarded to Hans Krebs (1900-1981) – the scientist who explained the conversion of food into energy within the cell – comes up at Sotheby’s in London on July 14. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany for the UK in the early 1930’s Hans Krebs became on the most pre-eminent scientists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1953.  The medal is being sold to benefit the Hans Krebs Trust,  established to provide grants to support refugee scientists and the training of young scientists in the biomedical sciences.  The medal is estimated at £250,000-350,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £275,000