Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's

Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's

Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's

The motorised chair, used by the physicist after he was paralysed with motor neuron disease, sold for £296,750 in a Christie's online auction.

Described as "arguably both literally and metaphorically the most-travelled wheelchair in history", the specially-adapted chair had originally been expected to fetch just £15,000. It was sold for almost twenty times what it was expected to snatch at auction, and its sale will benefit both the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The copy, one of only five originals of the thesis entitled "Properties of expanding universes", smashed pre-sale expectations four times over to sell for £584,750 at the Christie s sale, which ended on Thursday.

Hawking died at the age of 76 in March, he suffered from motor neuron disease most of his life. It collected more than £1.8 million in total.

One of the theoretical physicist's wheelchairs was sold at auction smashing its estimate. After he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, when he was 21, doctors only gave him a few years to live.

During the auction was able to implement a single instance of the thesis that the scientist has created fifty-three years ago.

"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.

"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", said Christie's.

A script from one of his appearances on the television series "The Simpsons" was one of the 22 lots under the hammer, selling for £6,250.

There was also a collection of his medals and awards available to prospective buyers, and they went for £296,750.

A collection of Hawking's medals and awards fetched almost £300,000 ($392,000) more-again well above the expected price.

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