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A unique collection of scientific artefacts, rare first editions and manuscripts will go under the hammer at Christie’s this fall. Among them is the 1994 Nobel Prize medal and diploma awarded to mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., whose life inspired the film A Beautiful Mind, and whose brilliant insights into game theory and human behavior fundamentally enhanced economics and the social sciences. The gold medal and diploma are estimated to fetch between $500,000 and $800,000 at the Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana in New York. Other unusual artefacts in the sale are Nash’s original 1951 doctoral thesis; a 1976 Apple 1 personal computer; and rare books and manuscripts, such as the first printed account of Captain James Cook’s voyages and British explorer Ernest H. Shackleton’s The Heart of the Antarctic. Christie’s online sale Sculpted by Nature: Fossils, Minerals and Meteorites will offer collectors further opportunity to acquire rare scientific objects from October 31 through November 7.