At the "RR Auction" auction in Boston, USA, a wristwatch recovered from the remains of the bombed Hiroshima, which stopped and melted at 08.15 local time, the moment of the explosion, was sold for 31,113 dollars.

The name of the customer who bought the watch was not disclosed.

In a statement released by the auction, the famous wristwatch was described as "a sign of the dawn of the nuclear age and a harbinger of the twilight of civilization".

The watch was found by a British soldier who had come to the city to deliver emergency relief supplies.


The Swiss-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017, opposed the sale of the watch.

It asked that the wristwatch be removed from the auction sale list "out of concern that individuals may profit from an object that carries historical lessons".

The US dropped the first atomic bomb in history on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, destroying 90 percent of the city and killing 80,000 people in the first moment.