Stephen Hawking’s thesis, wheelchair among other prized possessions up for auction

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

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

The wheelchair that will be auctioned is a red and maroon leather equipment which was used by Hawking between the late-1980s and mid-1990s.

"It has been a huge privilege for Christie's to work on this selection of objects from the estate of one of the most brilliant minds of the last half-century", Thomas Venning, head of Christies' books and manuscripts department, said in a press release announcing the auction. Meanwhile, Hawking's wheelchairs have become a symbol for his disability.

At the age of just 22, he was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease and given just a few years to live.

Almost two dozen personal items belonging to the late legendary physicist Stephen Hawking will be for sale at auction beginning on Halloween day.

The online auction begins Wednesday, Oct. 31, and concludes on Thursday, Nov. 8.

One of the most valuable items on sale is one of five original copies of Hawking's PhD thesis, which the auction house predicts will sell for between $130,000 and $195,000. Hawking was already suffering with the early symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he wrote his doctoral thesis in October 1965. He communicated through a voice-generating computer and moved in a series of high-tech wheelchairs.

One is included in the sale, with an estimated price of $18,300 to $27,500. In 1977, for example, Prince Charles reportedly got his toes crushed beneath Hawking's wheelchair, and the scientist joked that he regretfully did not get a chance to run over Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's feet as well.

Venning said Hawking "very much thought of himself as a scientist first and a popular communicator second", but accepted and even enjoyed his celebrity status. The thesis includes a signature and a handwritten note from Hawking confirming that the copy is original. A bomber jacket given to Stephen Hawking is one of the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction ho.

A bomber jacket Hawking wore in a 2016 documentary, Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places for the video-on-demand streaming service CuriosityStream, has the lowest starting bid, at £100.

The items - part of a science sale that includes papers by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein - will be on display in London for several days from October 30.

In addition, the London-based auction house will also put up a copy of "A Brief History of Time", a 1988 best-seller, that is signed with Hawking's thumbprint.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.