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Thu Mar 2, 2017, 11:02 AM

Old mold from penicillin discoverer auctioned for $14,617

LONDON How much is an old, dried out piece of mold worth? Apparently more than $14,600 if it was created by the doctor who discovered penicillin.

The nearly 90-year-old swatch of mold has a rather extraordinary history: It came from the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Fleming whose revolutionary discovery brought the world its first antibiotic, credited with saving millions of lives worldwide.

The patchy bit of mold from his niece's collection was auctioned in London on Wednesday for 11,875 pounds ($14,617). The buyer was not identified.

The mold is preserved in a round glass case and features an inscription by Fleming on the back, describing it as "the mould that first made penicillin."

Read more: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/weird-news/old-mold-from-penicillin-discoverer-auctioned-for/article_94ec9bb3-b6d6-5be0-b834-6ec19eca826c.html

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