Nobel Peace Prize for nuclear disarmament to sell at Christie's



2017-02-15 10:48:15

The Nobel Peace prize awarded to Alfonso Garcia Robles for his work in nuclear disarmament will be sold at Christie's this coming April.

Garcia Robles, known as 'Mr. Disarmament', was a Mexican diplomat and politician who acted as a delegate to the San Francisco conference that established the UN in 1954.

He also served as the Mexican ambassador to Brazil, Mexico’s ambassador to the UN and Foreign Minister of Mexico, before becoming Mexico’s permanent representative to the UN Committee on Disarmament.

'Mr. Disarmament' - Alfonso Garcia Robles

Garcia Robles was the driving force behind the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco, which established Latin America and the Caribbean as nuclear-free zones, and remains in place to this day.

Prior to the treaty, the world's only nuclear-free zone was Antarctica, making the Treaty of Tlatelolco the first disarmament agreement covering a populated region of the planet.
In 1982 Garcia Robles was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, in conjunction with Sweden's Alva Myrdal.

Now his historic 18 carat gold mdeal will be offered for sale at Christie's, with an estimated value of $400,000 - $600,000.

"We are thrilled and honored to be offering this tangible symbol of mankind’s struggle for peace," said 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 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."

The Christie's Exceptional sale takes place in New York on April 28.

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