Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

Terry Joseph
November 12, 2018

Cambridge Professor Stephen Hawking has provided a posthumous windfall for two charities.

A mystery buyer spent about US$390,000 on the wheelchair, a motorised model that had belonged to physicist and author Stephen Hawking, who died in March at 76.

Auction items belonging to Hawking also included a copy of his book A Brief History of Time signed with his thumbprint that sold for 68,750 pounds ($89,751), his Alpha Industries bomber jacket that sold for 40,000 pounds ($52,219), and a collection of medals and awards that sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402).

As previously reported, the stroller, and many other things scientific figure, was presented in the form of lots on the popular auction Christie's.

The same price of £296,750 was achieved by Hawking's earliest existing motorized wheelchair, which he used extensively during the global book tour for his 1988 best-seller A Brief History of Time.

The wheelchair raised $387,480 (£296,750), nearly 20 times more than pre-auction estimates of up to $19,500 (£15,000).

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Among the items was Hawking's motorized wheelchair, used in the 1980s and 1990s.

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

Perhaps more surprising, among some of Hawking's possessions was a script from an episode of "The Simpsons", which raised $8,160 (£6,250). It had been expected to fetch 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds. His various medals and awards raised a total of £296,750 or about $390,000.

The auction funds will go to the family although the money raised from selling the wheelchair will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

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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