Stephen Hawkings thesis, wheelchair fetch over $1.8 million in auction

Stephen Hawkings thesis, wheelchair fetch over $1.8 million in auction

Stephen Hawkings thesis, wheelchair fetch over $1.8 million in 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).

Described as "arguably both literally and metaphorically the most-travelled wheelchair in history", the specially-adapted chair had originally been expected to fetch just £15,000.

Proceedings of the auction raised by wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation that assists research into cosmology and astrophysics, and to the Motor Neurone Disease Association that supports research and campaigns for those diagnosed with the disease. Rehana Popal, an immigration specialist in London, said that in two years she had lost six instructions on similar grounds.

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Famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neurone disease.


A signed copy of his 117-page dissertation - one of only five - titled Properties of Expanding Universes from 1965 secured the top price of £584,750. Hawking's items all combined sold for about $1,306,275 at the auction.

The second most expensive item in the collection is the beloved physicist's former wheelchair, which raised $390,000.

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Stephen Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford.

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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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The items are only a small selection from Hawking's archive, which his family is donating to the nation in lieu of paying inheritance tax, although there are no details yet of where it will be stored.

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