Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis sell for over $1.3 million at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis sell for over $1.3 million at auction

Can't connect right now! While the chair was expected to sell somewhere between £10,000 and £15,000, the ultimate price was nearly £300,000 (almost $392,000).

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.

The sale was named "On the Shoulders of Giants" - a reference to the famous phrase once used by Newton of his own achievements: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants".

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.

A script from one of his appearances on the animated TV show sold for 6,250 pounds in the sale of 22 Hawking items, while a collection of his medals and awards raised 296,750 pounds.

The auction also included possessions of Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.

Personal copies of the British physicist's papers, such as a copy of his 1974 article, "Black Hole Explosions?" were also on sale, in which he predicted that black holes would release black body radiation, known as Hawking Radiation.

Other items sold by auction house Christies include his dissertation, which fetched over half a million pounds, and his bomber jacket that went for £40,000. The paper sold for £7,500. "He had this unbelievable ability to connect with people", Thomas Venning, head of the Books and Manuscripts department at auction house Christie's London, told Reuters before the event.

"We are very pleased to have the assistance of Christie's to help us with the important matter of managing our beloved father's archives and his unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings, chronicling his life and work", said his daughter Lucy Hawking in a statement before the lot took place.

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