Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Sells for almost $400,000

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Sells for almost $400,000

A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie's auction. His works include gravitational singularity theorems and his prediction named as Hawking radiation.

Proceeds from the chair's sale will go to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Other noteworthy Hawking memorabilia up for grabs are printed copies of some of his most important papers, his medals and awards, a copy of his book A Brief History of Time - signed with a fingerprint, the typescript of his thesis, and a bomber jacket.

A highlight of the Christie's online sale of thelate scientist's personal items will be a copy of his PhD thesis, which is expected to fetch as much as £150,000. Fans of the scientist were excited to buy his possessions in his memory after the legend has passed the world.

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A motorized wheelchair and a thesis belonging to Stephen Hawking have sold at auction for more than $1 million. Born in the English university town of Oxford in 1942, and a less-than-stellar student at first, Hawking was just 21 when he was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disease and told he had just a few years to live.

A collection of Hawking's medals and awards sold for almost $392,000, perFortune.

A copy of his bestselling A Brief History of Time, signed with a thumbprint, sold for £68,750, a bomber jacket went for £40,000 and the script for one of his appearances on the U.S. television show The Simpsons sold for £6,250.

"We are also giving 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". Hawking's family is donating other items from Hawking's archive to the British government in lieu of paying inheritance tax.

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