Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

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

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

It had been expected to fetch £10 000 to £15 000.

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

Famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Professor Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neurone disease.

In the auction "On the shoulders of the giants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking" were objects of the great scientists of all times with a total sum of two million 367 thousand dollars.

The same price of £296,750 was achieved by Hawking's earliest existing motorized wheelchair, which he used extensively during the worldwide book tour for his 1988 best-seller A Brief History of Time.

It was among 22 items on offer from Prof Hawking's estate in an online auction that began Oct 31.

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A copy of Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time" with his thumbprint signature along with his essays, medals and awards were sold for £68,750 in online sale on Thursday.

The red motorised wheelchair once used by Hawking went under the stamp for $391.7 million while his Cambridge thesis titled "Properties of Expanding Universes" was sold for $7.6 million.

The Simpsons script, meanwhile, was sold for around $8,100. It featured pieces belonging to other celebrated thinkers including Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin. It collected more than £1.8 million in total.

The auction funds will go to the family although the money raised from selling the wheelchair will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

According to the Guardian, the esteemed physicist's daughter Lucy Hawking said the auction was an opportunity for his admirers 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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