Christie’s will sell Alfonso Garcia Robles’ 1982 Nobel Peace Prize in its April 28 Exceptional Sale in New York.
It’s expected to sell for around $400,000-600,000.
Garcia Robles was awarded the prize for his work in nuclear disarmament in the 1960s
Garcia Robles (1911-1991) was a Mexican diplomat who was one of the main agents behind the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco, which banned nuclear weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The treaty was ratified shortly after the Cuban missile crisis, which brought the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon.
He was awarded the prize alongside Swedish nuclear disarmament campaigner Alva Myrdal.
Specialist Becky MacGuire comments: “We are thrilled and honored to be offering this tangible symbol of mankind’s struggle for peace.
“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 groundbreaking 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.”
Only a couple of Nobel Peace Prizes have ever sold.
The record is $1.1m, set for the one awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas (mediator in the 1932-1935 Chaco war) in 2014.
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