Late physicist Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis auction for over $1mn

Late physicist Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis auction for over $1mn

Late physicist Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis auction for over $1mn

The late physicist's personal items were put up for auction by an online event run by British auction house Christie's and dubbed the "On the Shoulders of Giants" sale.

Items sold include his doctorate thesis and his wheelchair.

English physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March this year, shortly before his death had predicted that in the future there will be a race of supermen, who will be a threat to humanity.

Altogether, the items auctioned, which also included possessions of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, were sold for more than US$2.3 million. It collected more than £1.8 million in total. Among the items sold were his motorized red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes-one of five known copies-which sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402) and 584,750 ($763,381) respectively.




Hawking's red chair was among one of the earliest wheelchairs he used after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Auction items belonging to Hawking also included a copy of his book A Brief History of Time signed with his thumbprint that sold for 68,750 pounds ($89,751), his Alpha Industries bomber jacket that sold for 40,000 pounds ($52,219), and a collection of medals and awards that sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402). Stephen Hawking's motorized 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 the same amount on its own.

"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", the physicist s daughter, Lucy Hawking, said before the sale.

According to The Guardian, Hawking's children plan to donate the rest of their father's estate to the nation as part of the "acceptance in lieu" scheme, which allows one to transfer objects of artistic or historical value into public ownership to pay down inheritance tax.

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