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Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair and thesis fetch more than US$1m at auction

11 November 2018, 02:35 | Ross Houston

Stephen Hawking wheelchair sells for nearly $400G at auction

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for £300,000 at auction

A motorised wheelchair that belonged to the physicist, who died in March and which was expected to fetch £15,000, went for nearly £300,000.

A collection of Hawking's medals and awards fetched almost £300,000 ($392,000) more-again well above the expected price.

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

In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a type of motor neuron disease that causes nerve cells controlling muscles to waste away.

A motorised wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for nearly £300,000 with the proceeds going to charity.

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Proceeds from the chair's sale will go to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Hawking's items all combined sold for about $1,306,275 at the auction.

A script from one of his appearances on the animated TV show sold for 6,250 pounds in the sale of 22 Hawking items, while a collection of his medals and awards raised 296,750 pounds.

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.

"We are very pleased to have the assistance of Christie's to help us with the important matter of managing our beloved father's archives and his unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings, chronicling his life and work", the physicist's daughter, Lucy Hawking, said before the sale. Along with inclusion of Hawking's personal belongings, the auction also included belongings linked to scientists including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, wrote The Guardian.

In total, the auction, which included 52 lots, raised more than 1.8 million pounds (roughly $2.35 million, AU$3.24 million).



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