Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

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

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for £300,000 at auction Stephen Hawking wheelchair sells for nearly $400G at auction
Sandra Phillips | 11 November, 2018, 02:33

The money from the wheelchair will benefit two charities "The Stephen Hawking Foundation" which he founded in 2015 and The Motor Neurone Disease Association. Among the items sold were his motorized red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes-one of five known copies-which sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402) and 584,750 ($763,381) respectively. "The goal of the sale was to raise money for Stephen Hawking's Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association". Rehana Popal, an immigration specialist in London, said that in two years she had lost six instructions on similar grounds.

When Cambridge finally made Hawking's thesis available to download in 2017, it was viewed more than 60,000 times in 24 hours and public interest completely crashed the university's server.

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.

Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, Hawking died in March at 76.

Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction.

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A script for his appearance on The Simpsons sold for £6,250.

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

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

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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