Stephen Hawking's Papers And Wheelchair For Sale

Stephen Hawking's Papers And Wheelchair For Sale

Stephen Hawking's Papers And Wheelchair For Sale

Diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) at just 22 and given only a few years to live, he survived for decades, dying in March at 76.

However, he defied all odds, going on to become a towering figure in the world of physics, a bestselling author - particularly with his book A Brief History Of Time - and a father of three and TV celebrity. In his case, the disease's progress was a slow one that didn't kill him in two years after being diagnosed, as doctors claimed, but made him dependant on wheelchairs and voice synthesizers for most of his life.

The motorized wheelchair that carried Hawking out of the 1980s and into his most high-profile period also is on the auction block, with Christie's reportedly expecting it to fetch between $13,000 and $20,000.

Proceeds from the wheelchair's sale will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation.

By the late 1980s he was at the height of his fame, and given his extensive travels to conferences and public events, as well as the scope of his intellectual explorations of space-time, Christie's said the wheelchair on sale "is arguably both literally and metaphorically the most-travelled wheelchair in history".

Frank Augstein/APScientific papers written by Stephen Hawking. Other notable objects included in the auction are Hawking's Cambridge doctoral dissertation, an assortment of research papers, a black bomber jacket personalized for Hawking from iconic outwear provider Alpha Industries, and a curated selection from his huge assembly of medals and awards.

It is one of five known copies of his thesis, the auction house said, and has a pre-sale estimate between $126,000 and $189,000.

Perhaps more surprising, among some of Hawkings most prized possessions was a script from an episode of "The Simpsons".

Hawking also appeared on "The Simpsons" multiple times, and the upcoming auction will include a script from one of his show appearances.

Autograph manuscript, notes and extracts from the "Turba philosophorum",[Cambridge, 1670s].

Hawking, however, returned to school, Venning said, and his thesis "was the fruit of his reapplying himself to his scientific work".

His daughter Lucy said the auction gives "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".

The work is among personal items from the eminent cosmologist's estate that are part of an online sale at Christie's called On the Shoulders of Giants. Months after the cosmic visionary passed away, the online auction and private sales organization announced its science sale that will also feature papers by prominent scientists Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein.

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