Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair fetch much more than expected at auction

LONDON – A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at almost 300,000 pounds, or $ 393,000, while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($ 767,000), auctioneer Christie's said Thursday.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig 's disease – raised (296,750 pounds) at a Christie's online auction. That's nearly 20 times more than the pre-sale estimate of up to 15,000 pounds.

Proceeds from the chair will go to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neuron Disease Association.

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 transformed our notion of space and time, and the nature of black holes. Born in the University of Oxford in 1942, he was born in 1942 when he was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disease and had a few years to live.

He is a scientist, but he is also a man who has been born. He became a celebrity in 1988 with the publication of his "A Brief History of Time" – one of the best-selling books about science of all time.

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Christie in London, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 A book, and scripts by Stephen Hawking.

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He even went on to guest star on "The Simpsons." A script from one of his appearances on the animated TV show sold for 6,250 pounds in the sale of 22 Hawking items, a collection of his medals and awards raised 296,750 pounds.

Hawking's daughter Lucy said the salt gave "admirers of his work to the idea of ​​a small selection of evocative and fascinating items."

His scientific archive for the nation. British authorities in the lieu of inheritance tax.

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In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 photo files, documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of the Stephen Hawking at the Christies auction house in London.

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