Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for £300,000 at auction

The motorized chair, used by the physicist after he was paralyzed with motor neuron disease, sold for 296,750 pounds in a Christies online auction on Thursday Nov. 8, 2018.

The dissertation was expected to sell for up to £150,000 but the buyer eventually bid £584,750 to secure it. Hawking's motorised wheelchair sold for £296,750, as did the set of seven awards, including the Albert Einstein award for achievement in natural sciences.

All the proceeds from the sale of the chair will benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation. Rehana Popal, an immigration specialist in London, said that in two years she had lost six instructions on similar grounds.

Originally given just two years to live, Hawking lived for 55 years following his diagnosis, using a wheelchair for the vast majority of his life, before his death on March 14 at 76.

A copy of Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time" with his thumbprint signature along with his essays, medals and awards were sold for £68,750 in online sale on Thursday.

Christie's, a London-based auctioneer, handled the sale, which was first announced back in October.

Other Hawking items up for auction included signed books, manuscripts, a bomber jacket, and a copy of the Simpson's script in which Hawking made his final cartoon appearance.

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

A collection of Hawking's medals and awards fetched almost £300,000 ($392,000) more-again well above the expected price.

Hawking's daughter Lucy said that the sale gave "admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items".

Hawking's children hope to preserve his scientific archive for the nation.

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