Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $US539,000 at auction

  • Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $US539,000 at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $US539,000 at auction

- The auction house Christie's sold one of the five existing copies of the doctoral thesis of Stephen Hawking, reaching a figure of 760 thousand dollars, nearly four times its estimated value (between 130 and 195 thousand Dollars). Stephen Hawking's motorized wheelchair and a set of his medals and awards have been sold for a combined total of nearly £600,000, while a copy of his PhD thesis raised almost the same amount on its own.

These included the Eddington Medal awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society in 1975; the Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences, awarded in 1978; and a Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society awarded in 1985.

During the auction was able to implement a single instance of the thesis that the scientist has created fifty-three years ago.

Those items included a black bomber jacket, the script from an episode of The Simpsons on which he appeared and a 1988 copy of his best-selling book, A Brief History of Time, marked with his thumbprint as a signature.

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.

The objects sold at an online event run by British auction house Christie's and dubbed the "On the Shoulders of Giants" sale.

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.

During his first year studying at Cambridge University in 1962 Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. All of those were sold, and the total, about US$1.8 million, was seven times more than had been predicted.

All the proceeds from the sale of the chair will benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation.

The Simpsons script, meanwhile, was sold for around $8,100. Letters and manuscripts belonged to Newton, Einstein and Darwin were also put on the sale.