Stephen Hawking's Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Million Pound Auction

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

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and a set of his medals and awards have been sold for a combined total of nearly £600,000, while a copy of his PhD thesis raised almost that amount on its own, at an auction of items belonging to him and other celebrated scientists. While the chair was expected to sell somewhere between £10,000 and £15,000, the ultimate price was nearly £300,000 (almost $392,000). Rehana Popal, an immigration specialist in London, said that in two years she had lost six instructions on similar grounds. Hawking's dissertation was the single most expensive item.

"Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide", Thomas Venning, head of the Books and Manuscripts department at auction house Christie's London, told Reuters prior to the auction.

The second most expensive item in the collection is the beloved physicist's former wheelchair, which raised $390,000.

An early wheelchair raised £296,750 for charity and a script for his appearance on The Simpsons sold for £6,250.

Hawking passed away at the age of 76 back on March 14, 2018 after suffering from a motor neurone disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for over 55 years.

A collection of his medals and awards, including honours from the Royal Astronomical Society, sold for £296,750, with the entire collection achieving £1,384,625.

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. 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.

The items are only a small selection from Hawking's archive, which his family is donating to the nation in lieu of paying inheritance tax, although there are no details yet of where it will be stored.

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