Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

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

The collection highlighted the brilliance, determination and sense of humour of Hawking, who died in March aged 76 after a lifetime spent trying to unlock the secrets of the universe. It was expected to go for £100,000 to £150,000.

The world-changing doctoral thesis was signed by Hawking.

Hawking published his thesis in 1965, two years after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor-neurone disease that would eventually leave him paralysed.

"The early cosmologies naturally placed man at or near the centre of the universe, but, since the time of Copernicus we have been demoted to a medium sized planet going round a medium sized star somewhere near the edge of a fairly average galaxy".

Apart from Hawking, one of Newton's manuscripts sold for around $130,000, a set of seven awards, including Einstein's award for achievement in natural sciences sold for about $387,000, a letter written by Darwin sold for $65,230, and one of Einstein's manuscripts gathered $42,399.


A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie's auction. Hawking's items all combined sold for about $1,306,275 at the auction.

The proceeds will be donated to two charities - the Foundation of Stephen Hawking and the Association for the fight against motor neuron disease (Motor Neurone Disease Association).

In addition to Hawking's personal documents and items, an original production script for Stephen Hawking's final appearance on The Simpsons-in which he was portrayed as a disc jockey with gold chains and a Kangol hat-also sold 6,250 pounds ($8,157).

Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes", sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the online auction.

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