Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Stephen Hawking Thesis And Wheelchair Fetch Millions In Auction

Stephen Hawking Thesis And Wheelchair Fetch Millions In Auction

The item that fetched the most expensive price tag is Professor Hawking's thesis titled "Properties of Expanding Universes".

Hawking completed his thesis in 1965 after a turbulent and tragic start to his career as a theoretical physicist.

Christie's said before the nine-day online auction that the items represented the "ultimate triumph of scientific brilliance over adversity" and "Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide".

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). 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. It collected more than £1.8 million in total.

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Stephen Hawking published his thesis in 1965, two years after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which would eventually leave him paralysed.

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. Most notably, the renowned physicist voiced himself in the Season 10 episode "They Saved Lisa's Brain".

There was also a collection of his medals and awards available to prospective buyers, and they went for £296,750. A signed copy of his worldwide best-seller A Brief History of Time sold for £68,750 or nearly $90,000. Along with inclusion of Hawking's personal belongings, the auction also included belongings linked to scientists including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, wrote The Guardian. He was 76 years old.

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