Friday, 16 November, 2018

Stephen Hawking Wheelchair And Other Personal Effects To Be Sold At Auction

Documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London. AP Hawking's wheelchair, thesis up for sale
Doris Mccormick | 24 October, 2018, 14:11

More of Hawking's papers - including "Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse" and "Spectrum of Wormholes" - will be sold as well.

Estimated prices range from £100 ($130) for a limited-edition print of Stephen Hawking's Time Travellers Invitation to £150,000 ($195,360) for a photocopy typescript of his PhD thesis (signed and inscribed) from 1965. The motorised BEC Mobility wheelchair, used by the late cosmologist from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s, is alone expected to fetch 15,000 pounds. The online sale "On the Shoulders of Giants" also features papers from Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

A bomber jacket from the CuriosityStream documentary Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places, 2016.

The online auction will start on October 31 and run through November 8. The thesis includes a signature and a handwritten note from Hawking confirming that the copy is original.

According to Christie's, the item is the earliest surviving example of a wheelchair used by Hawking, who used it until he was unable to use his hands. Its pre-sale estimated value is between $12,600 and $18,900.

Thomas Venning, the head of books and manuscripts at Christie's, told the AP that the doctoral thesis reflects both Hawking's scientific achievements and his personal history.

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Among the items up for bid is an original script for Hawking's 2010 appearance on the "Elementary School Musical" episode of The Simpsons, one of four guest stops Hawking made as himself - much to Lisa's delight - in Springfield.

Hawking was diagnosed at age 22, just after starting his doctoral studies, and doctors initially said he would only live a few more years.

Venning said the wheelchair became a symbol not just of disability but of Hawking's "puckish sense of humour". Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Stephen Hawking Foundation, which facilitates scientific researches, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

"Christie's makes no promise that the property is of satisfactory quality or fit for any goal and sells the property with no warranty except for title", the auction house says. A bomber jacket given to Stephen Hawking is one of the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction ho. Hawking, however, went on to live till 76 and passed away in March this year.

Daughter Lucy Hawking has noted that, through the auction, fans of the scientist will get the chance to become owners of the relics, reminding about the unusual life of a theoretical physicist.

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