Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair with doctoral theses sold at a big sum in auction
The auction house “Christie ” announced on Thursday that the wheelchair of the late physicist Stephen Hawking was sold at an auction for 296 thousand and 750 pounds sterling (393 thousand dollars), while his PhD was sold twice that amount.
Christie said that the chair was one of the first to be used by the late physicist after he became incapable of movement.
Hawking used that chair from the late 1980s until the mid-1990s, before he became unable to use his hands to steer the chair.
The proceeds from the sale of the chair will go to two charitable institutions, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the motor Neuron Association.
The original version of his PhD thesis at Cambridge University in 1965 was sold for 767 thousand dollars in the same online auction, while other belongings, including a padded sweater worn by the world, brought in a total of $650 thousand dollars.
The total sales value of 52 units, which also included materials associated with Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, totaled more than US $2.2 million.
Hawking died on March 14 at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76.