Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

Some of the most prized possessions of late British physicist Stephen Hawking, including a copy of his Ph.D thesis and an early wheelchair, have sold for much more than expected at an auction by Christie's in London.

Medals and awards sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,708), compared with an estimate of 15,000 pounds, while the red motorised wheelchair sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,708), also compared with an estimate of 15,000 pounds.

Proceeds from the chair's sale will go to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. By accepting the client's demand the solicitor, who also wanted the fee returned, ...

"Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide". Hawking has become one of the most famous theoretical physicists of our time.

Hawking lived most of his life with motor neurone disease, before dying at the age of 76 in March.

Personal items of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, including his personalized wheelchair, doctoral thesis and medals, have been auctioned for over a million dollars.

A total of 22 items were sold during the online auction.

Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes", sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the online auction. It included items belonging to Hawking, as well as others linked to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

Those items included a black bomber jacket, the script from an episode of The Simpsons on which he appeared and a 1988 copy of his best-selling book, A Brief History of Time, marked with his thumbprint as a signature.

Sophie Hopkins, specialist in manuscripts and archives at Christie's, said much of the collection was "incredibly iconic".

Hawking's daughter Lucy said that the sale gave "admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items".

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