Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sold for over $500,000

Stephen Hawking's Wheelchair And Doctoral Thesis Sell In Multimillion Dollar Auction

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.

In total, the auction raised $1.8 million for charity.

Among the items sold were his motorised red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes - one of five known copies - which sold for £296,750 ($532,663) and £584,750 ($1049,620) respectively.

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 because of motor neurone disease.

A script from one of his appearances on the television series "The Simpsons" was one of the 22 items in the auction, selling for more than $8,000.

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A collection of Hawking's medals and awards sold for almost $392,000, perFortune. As with all Christie's auction items, the house attempted to place a price estimate on the wheelchair, settling for an upper range of around 15,000 British pounds, or around USA $18,900.

Quartz reported that the proceeds from the sale of the wheelchair will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

A handwritten page is seen from a copy of the 1965 PhD thesis by the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from his personal estate at Christie's in London, Britain October 30, 2018.

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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