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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis for sale

25 October 2018
Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis for sale

Christie's announced on Monday that starting October 31, they'll be holding an online auction, titled, "On the Shoulders of Giants", featuring 22 items from the late world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.

In particular, one of the five copies of the doctoral thesis on "the Properties of universes expanding" of the estimated 130 thousand to $ 195 thousand dollars.

"Hawking initially resisted the idea of using a wheelchair in the late 1960s; by the late 1970s, he was using motorized models like the present example, and was even renowned for being a rather wild driver", auction house Christie's said in a statement shared on its website.

All items will be on display in London from October 30.

"It has been a huge privilege for Christie's to work on this selection of objects from the estate of one of the most brilliant minds of the last half-century", Thomas Venning, head of Christies' books and manuscripts department, said in a press release announcing the auction. Hawking used a wheelchair during his time at Cambridge and for most of his life, after he was diagnosed with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) at just 22 and given only a few years to live, he survived for decades, dying in March at 76.

All pieces will be on display in London, and officially for sale October 31 through November 8.

Proceeds from the sale of the wheelchair, which has a pre-sale estimate of £10,000 to £15,000, will benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

British physicist Stephen Hawking's motorised wheelchair, medals and awards, and a signed copy of his PhD thesis are among a range of items set to go under the hammer in the UK.

Venning said the wheelchair became a symbol not just of disability but of Hawking's "puckish sense of humor".

Hawking's daughter Lucy said the sale gave "admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items". A Book, written and corrected with handwritten annotation by Stephen Hawking is one of the personal and academic possessions.

Other items reflect Hawking's celebrity status: A bomber jacket Hawking wore during a 2016 documentary as well as the original script for his final appearance on "The Simpsons".

Documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.