Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Multimillion Dollar Auction

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 11, 2018

Personal effects owned by famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, including his wheelchair and doctoral thesis, have sold for a combined total of over a million pounds (about $1,306,275, AU$1,801,515) at auction. It had been expected to fetch 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds.

These included the Eddington Medal awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society in 1975; the Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences, awarded in 1978; and a Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society awarded in 1985.

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.

In total the auction raised £1,824,375.

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.

Hawking lived most of his life with motor neurone disease, before dying at the age of 76 in March.

Among the 22 objects to be auctioned is a copy of the author of the bestseller "Brief History of Time" (1988) signed with the thumbprint of one of his thumbs, whose price reached 89 thousand dollars (from an initial estimate of two thousand 600 to three thousand 900 dollars).

Image: This Simpsons script - an episode that featured Professor Hawking - sold for £6,250.

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". Letters and manuscripts belonged to Newton, Einstein and Darwin were also put on the sale.

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

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