Stephen Hawking's wheelchair auctioned for a whopping $393,000

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

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. The wheelchair was expected to go for £10-15,000.

Stephen Hawking fans raised nearly $2 million at an auction that will benefit The Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Rehana Popal, an immigration specialist in London, said that in two years she had lost six instructions on similar grounds.

In addition to Hawking's personal documents and items, an original production script for Stephen Hawking's final appearance on The Simpsons-in which he was portrayed as a disc jockey with gold chains and a Kangol hat-also sold 6,250 pounds ($8,157).

Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes", sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the online auction. Hawking has become one of the most famous theoretical physicists of our time.

Hawking, who was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and a prolific author, died in March at age 76. All of those were sold, and the total, about US$1.8 million, was seven times more than had been predicted. At the auction, a copy "signed" with Hawking's thumbprint raised $89,750 (£68,750), way above the $3,900 (£3,000) estimate.

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Belongings of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein were auctioned by Christie's on Thursday.

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.

According to the Guardian, the esteemed physicist's daughter Lucy Hawking said the auction was an opportunity for his admirers to "acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items".

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