Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis sold at auction

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for £300,000 at auction Stephen Hawking wheelchair sells for nearly $400G at auction
Kristen Harrington | 11 November, 2018, 02:32

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.

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

The auction also included other items owned by Hawking such as a copy of his book "A Brief History of Time" with Hawking's fingerprints, his Alpha Industries bomber jacket, a collection of medals and awards.

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Christie's said before the nine-day online auction that the items represented the "ultimate triumph of scientific brilliance over adversity" and "Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide".

A copy of Stephen Hawking's doctorate thesis signed in a shaky hand was the highlight of an auction of the British physicist's personal items in London, which raised almost £1.4 million ($1.8 million, 1.6 million euros). Among the items sold were his motorized red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes-one of five known copies-which sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402) and 584,750 ($763,381) respectively.

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

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The second-highest price of Hawking's collection was achieved by a selection of medals and awards presented throughout his career, which sold for £296,750 ($388,970).

The auction also included possessions of Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein. All of those were sold, and the total, about US$1.8 million, was seven times more than had been predicted.

The proceeds will be donated to two charities - the Foundation of Stephen Hawking and the Association for the fight against motor neuron disease (Motor Neurone Disease Association).

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