Alexander Fleming’s penicillin mould nets $14K at auction

Britain Penicillin Mold
In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a capsule of original penicillin mold from which Alexander Fleming made the drug known as penicillin on view at Bonham’s auction house in London. The international auction house Bonham’s says it has sold a small, patchy disc of mold for $14,597. The off-white, nearly 90-year-old swatch of microbes has a rather extraordinary history: it was first created by Alexander Fleming to make penicillin, a revolutionary discovery that brought the world

Auction reveals how much someone values an old, dried out piece of mould from lab of Dr. Alexander Fleming, whose revolutionary discovery brought the world its first antibiotic.

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