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. His works include gravitational singularity theorems and his prediction named as Hawking radiation. Proceeds from the sale of the chairs with the motor, which Hawking was used in the late 1980s and early 1990s years, will Fund Stephen Hawking and the British Association of motor neuron disease.
Other items included Hawking's bomber jacket, time traveler's invitation to a party, the original production script from his appearance on "The Simpsons" and a collection of his awards and medals that sold for more than $380,000.
At the same time, his dissertation "Properties of expanding universes" from 1965 has sold for almost 600,000 pounds at Christies. As with all Christie's auction items, the house attempted to place a price estimate on the wheelchair, settling for an upper range of around 15,000 British pounds, or around U.S. $18,900.
Hawking instead lived for many more decades, dying this past March at age 76. Fans of the scientist were excited to buy his possessions in his memory after the legend has passed the world.
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The sale, run online by Christie's and including 52 lots, raised more than £1.8m on Thursday.
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".
His research shaped modern cosmology and helped ordinary people better understand the universe, and his book, A Brief History Of Time, sold 10 million copies and was translated into 40 different languages.