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UK: Famous fungi that helped Fleming discover penicillin goes under the gavel02:35

UK: Famous fungi that helped Fleming discover penicillin goes under the gavel

United Kingdom, London
February 27, 2017 at 21:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Some of the first batches of fungus that led to Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming's discovery of antibiotic penicillin will go up for auction at Bonhams in London, with the company's Director and Head of Books and Manuscripts Matthew Haley showcasing the famous fungus on Monday.

Displaying the mould, Haley explained that Fleming "produced these little discs to give to notable people like the Pope and the Queen and Prince Philip." He added that by gifting the disks, Fleming was probably "trying to cement his reputation as 'Mr. Penicillin,' because there was a competing group of scientists in Oxford who were sort of claiming credit for the invention."

The prices of the pieces are concurrent to their historical importance, with the Bonhams representative stressing the significance of Fleming's discovery, stating that "the importance of penicillin can't be underestimated."

"We think about antibiotics and we are still using them very often today and penicillin really changed medical history," he added.

The fungus, which will go up for auction on March 1, is expected to sell for over £4,000 (€4,699).

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Some of the first batches of fungus that led to Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming's discovery of antibiotic penicillin will go up for auction at Bonhams in London, with the company's Director and Head of Books and Manuscripts Matthew Haley showcasing the famous fungus on Monday.

Displaying the mould, Haley explained that Fleming "produced these little discs to give to notable people like the Pope and the Queen and Prince Philip." He added that by gifting the disks, Fleming was probably "trying to cement his reputation as 'Mr. Penicillin,' because there was a competing group of scientists in Oxford who were sort of claiming credit for the invention."

The prices of the pieces are concurrent to their historical importance, with the Bonhams representative stressing the significance of Fleming's discovery, stating that "the importance of penicillin can't be underestimated."

"We think about antibiotics and we are still using them very often today and penicillin really changed medical history," he added.

The fungus, which will go up for auction on March 1, is expected to sell for over £4,000 (€4,699).

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