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

11 November 2018, 02:34 | Justin Tyler

Image Some of the professor's medals and awards were sold. Pic Christie's

Some of the professor's medals and awards were sold. Pic Christie's

During his first year studying at Cambridge University in 1962 Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Hawking's items were sold by Christie's, a British auction house, as part of "On the Shoulders of Giants".

Image: Some of the professor's medals and awards were sold.

Stephen Hawking fans raised nearly $2 million at an auction that will benefit The Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Personal items of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, including his personalized wheelchair, doctoral thesis and medals, have been auctioned for over a million dollars. Hawking's items all combined sold for about $1,306,275 at the auction.


Hawking's 1965 thesis on the origins of the universe sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the auction that ended on November 8.

Described as "arguably both literally and metaphorically the most-travelled wheelchair in history", the specially-adapted chair had originally been expected to fetch just £15,000. It collected more than £1.8 million in total. Proceeds will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation, which facilitates research into cosmology and astrophysics, as well as the Motor Neurone Disease Association, supporting research and campaigning for those living with the disease.

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.

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". The full collection also included manuscripts by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein.

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



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