The wheelchair of the world-famous scientist Stephen Hawking is auctioned off and brought 296.750 pounds (340,000 euro), so that made Christie’s auction house Thursday known. His thesis went even for double the hand.
The wheelchair is ‘the earliest surviving copy ” that Hawking used since he was paralysed. The copy did service at the end of the 1980s to the mid 1990s. Afterwards, could Hawking’s also his hands no longer using and he had a new, electric wheelchair needed.
The wheelchair was bought by a collector, reported Christie’s yet. The proceeds go to two charities: the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
At the same online auction was also a copy of the thesis of
from 1965 to the university of Cambridge, sold, for an amount of 584.750 pound (about 670.000 euros). That was three times more than expected.
There were also dozens of other items will be auctioned, such as a jacket worn by the physicist, and the script of the tekenfilmreeks The Simpsons in which the scientist was to be seen. Also items linked to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein were offered for sale. The auction brought in a total of more than 1.8 million pounds (2 million euros).
Hawking, who died on 14 march in his home in Cambridge. He was 76 years old. At the age of 21 he was given the diagnosis of the disease, which is incurable and the body progressively paralyzes. Hawking was first in a wheelchair and later he had to a voice response computer to use to communicate. But his illness did not prevent him to ground-breaking scientific research.