LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

NEW YORK (AP) - A letter that scientist Francis Crick wrote to his son about his Nobel Prize winning DNA discovery has been sold at a New York City auction for more than $5 million.

Christie's auction house says the purchase was made by an anonymous buyer Wednesday. The price is more than $6 million when the commission is included. The pre-sale estimate was $1 million.

In the letter to his 12-year-old son, Crick describes his discovery of DNA's structure as something "beautiful."

A different sale, on Thursday, will feature the 1962 medal that Crick won.

It's rare for a Nobel medal to come up at public auction. Heritage Auctions estimates that could bring at least $500,000.

Heirs of the molecular biologist are selling his possessions, in part, to benefit scientific research.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Read or Share this story: http://on.wmaz.com/1bOOueR