Hawkings thesis, wheelchair sell for $1m

  • Hawkings thesis, wheelchair sell for $1m

Hawkings thesis, wheelchair sell for $1m

The sale was part of a nine-day online auction by Christie's called "On the Shoulders of Giants" to raise money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A motorised wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking was sold at auction for £296,750, while a thesis fetched almost twice that amount at a sale to raise money for charity.

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.

The copy, one of only five originals of the thesis entitled "Properties of expanding universes", smashed pre-sale expectations four times over to sell for £584,750 at the Christie's sale, which ended on Thursday.

He died in March at the age of 76.

The Guardian reported that other items in the auction included personal copies of the British physicist's papers, such as a copy of his 1974 article, "Black Hole Explosions?", in which he predicted that black holes would release blackbody radiation, known as Hawking Radiation.

"Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide".

Medals and awards sold for 296,750 pounds, compared with an estimate of 15,000 pounds, while the red motorized wheelchair sold for 296,750 pounds, also compared with an estimate of 15,000 pounds.

A copy of his bestselling "A Brief History of Time", signed with a thumbprint, sold for over $89,000. A script from one of his appearances on the television series "The Simpsons" was one of the 22 lots under the hammer, selling for £6,250.

"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", she added.