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Personal belongings Hawking left the auction

Personal belongings Hawking left the auction”

A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie's auction.

"This dissertation is my original work", one of five known copies of Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis "This dissertation is my original work", one of five known copies of Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis Credit: Getty/ Jack Taylor Auction house Christies ran the nine-day online auction called "On the Shoulders of Giants" to raise money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

According to the Associated Press, Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes", sold for 584,750 pounds (nearly $767,000 in U.S currency), over three times the pre-sale estimate.

The motorized wheelchair, which was used by Hawking after he was paralyzed with motor neuron disease, had been expected to sell for around $20,000 in the online auction organized by Christie's.

Several other items that belonged to Stephen Hawking were also sold during the auction.

The renowned scientist was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 22, when he was given just a few years to live.

Hawking's daughter, Lucy, said the sale provided "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". The sale raised money for two charities, including one belonging to the British physicist.

His research shaped modern cosmology and helped ordinary people better understand the universe, and his book, A Brief History Of Time, sold 10 million copies and was translated into 40 different languages.

Hawking's children hope to preserve his scientific archive for the nation.

Other items included Hawking's bomber jacket, time traveler's invitation to a party, the original production script from his appearance on "The Simpsons" and a collection of his awards and medals that sold for more than $380,000.



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