OSLO—No need to make peace in the Middle East, resolve one of science’s great mysteries or pen a masterpiece: the easiest way to get yourself a Nobel prize may be to buy one.
In the 114 years since the Nobel prizes were first handed out, they have been awarded 889 times for pioneering work in the fields of peace, literature, medicine, physics, chemistry and, since 1969, economics.
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But over the years, following reversals of fortune and splitting of inheritances, at least a dozen Nobel gold medals and diplomas have ended up on the auction block.