Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells at charity auction

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for £300,000 at auction

"Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide". A motorised wheelchair that belonged to the physicist, who died in March and which was expected to fetch £15,000, went for nearly £300,000. In fact it went for close to £300,000.

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.

A mystery buyer spent about US$390,000 on the wheelchair, a motorised model that had belonged to physicist and author Stephen Hawking, who died in March at 76.

Personal items of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, including his personalized wheelchair, doctoral thesis and medals, have been auctioned for over a million dollars.

And quirky items included an invitation to a party he held in 2009 where nobody turned up - because the invites were only for time travellers and the event was publicised after it happened.

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One of his most famous works was his landmark book a "A Brief History of Time", which sold more than 10 million copies.

Hawking's 1965 thesis on the origins of the universe sold for £584,750, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the auction that ended Thursday. Hawking's items all combined sold for about $1,306,275 at the auction. All of those were sold, and the total, about US$1.8 million, was seven times more than had been predicted.

Perhaps more surprising, among some of Hawking's possessions was a script from an episode of "The Simpsons", which raised $8,160 (£6,250). His various medals and awards raised a total of £296,750 or about $390,000. It included items belonging to Hawking, as well as others linked to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

The physicist's daughter, Lucy, said Christie's had been helping the family & "manage our beloved father's unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings".

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