Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis up for sale as part of auction

Stephen Hawking wheelchair thesis up for sale	 	 	 			Scientist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76

A selection of personal items of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March at 76, will be featured in a Christie's online auction from October 31 to November 8.

The online sale announced Monday by auctioneer Christie's features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, some of his many awards, and scientific papers such as "Spectrum of Wormholes" and "Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse".

Estimated prices range from £100 ($130) for a limited-edition print of Stephen Hawking's Time Travellers Invitation to £150,000 ($195,360) for a photocopy typescript of his PhD thesis (signed and inscribed) from 1965.

"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.

Hawking's items will be on display for several days in London, beginning October 30.

Auction house Christie's will auction 22 positions, including thesis and one of the wheelchair scientist and popularizer of science Stephen Hawking.

Ms Hawking said Christie's had been helping the family "manage our beloved father's unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings".




"He was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) just as he arrived in Cambridge to begin his Ph.D. studies", Venning said.

Hawking, who was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and a prolific author, died last March at age 76 having survived a debilitating disease that doctors said would kill him in his 20s.

Meanwhile, Hawking's wheelchairs have become a symbol for his disability. The copy of the thesis available for auction is signed by Hawking by hand. The money will go to two charities, The Stephen Hawking Foundation and The Motor Neurone Disease Association.

In addition to publishing numerous scientific papers, Hawking wrote books, and his popular "A Brief History of Time" will be at the auction.

Also on the block is a thumbprint-autographed original copy of the 1988 book that passed from Carl Sagan to Hawking the unofficial title of the world's leading cosmic explainer.

"We are also giving 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".

Christie's hopes to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 for it during the sale which opens on October 31.

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