Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

Gwen Vasquez
November 12, 2018

Hawking's 1965 thesis on the origins of the universe sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the auction that ended Thursday.

Fine-art handler Tom Richardson displays The Albert Einstein Award given to the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from Hawkings' personal estate at Christie's in London, Britain October 30, 2018.

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 £6250 ($11,260).

Hawking instead lived for many more decades, dying this past March at age 76.

His first wife Jane typed out the 117 pages but he added two hand-written signatures and the words "This dissertation is my original work" at the front, as well as several mathematical equations inside.

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A collection of his medals and awards, including honours from the Royal Astronomical Society, sold for £296,750, with the entire collection achieving £1,384,625.

"The sale gave 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", she added.

The motorized wheelchair he used from the late 1980's until the mid-90's sold for about $390,000, or 20 times the initial estimate.

A copy of his 1988 best-seller "A Brief History of Time", signed with a thumbprint, sold for about 89,000 dollars. Proceeds from the sale of the chairs with the motor, which Hawking was used in the late 1980s and early 1990s years, will Fund Stephen Hawking and the British Association of motor neuron disease.

According to the Guardian, Hawking's children are planning on donating the remainder of their father's estate to the nation "in lieu of inheritance tax".

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