Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis fetch $1 million at auction

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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis fetch $1 million at auction

Other belongings of him including medals and awards, his book with his thumb impression "Brief History of Time" were also auctioned.

A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for nearly 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched nearly 585,000 pounds ($767,000), auctioneer Christie's said Thursday.

The sale was named "On the Shoulders of Giants" - a reference to the famous phrase once used by Newton of his own achievements: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants".

Auction house Christie's ran the nine-day online auction to raise money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A motorized wheelchair and a thesis belonging to Stephen Hawking have sold at auction for more than $1 million.

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The copy, one of only five originals of the thesis entitled Properties of expanding universes, smashed pre-sale expectations four times over to sell for £584,750 at the Christie's sale, which ended on Thursday.

Hawking's red and maroon leathered, motorized wheelchair, which the Oxford native used from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, sold for almost $400,000.

A script from one of his appearances on the animated TV show sold for 6,250 pounds ($8111) in the sale of 22 Hawking items, while a collection of his medals and awards raised 296,750 pounds ($385,122).

The 1965 thesis, which is one of five known copies, sold for almost $800,000. "He had this incredible ability to connect with people", Thomas Venning, head of the Books and Manuscripts department at auction house Christie's London, told Reuters ahead of the event.

The invitations Hawking had printed will be included as part of an auction of items from his estate, Atlas Obscura reported. Pieces tied to the likes of Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein were also included. Hawking's family is donating other items from Hawking's archive to the British government in lieu of paying inheritance tax.

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