Hawk­ing’s wheel­chair sells for $393K

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A wheel­chair used by physi­cist Stephen Hawk­ing has sold at auc­tion for $393,000, while a copy of his doc­toral the­sis fetched al­most $767,000, auc­tion­eer Christie’s said Thurs­day.

The mo­tor­ized chair, used by Hawk­ing af­ter he was par­a­lyzed with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease, raised 296,750 pounds in a Christie’s on­line auc­tion. It had been ex­pected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds.

Pro­ceeds from the chair’s sale will go to two char­i­ties, the Stephen Hawk­ing Foun­da­tion and the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion.

Hawk­ing’s 1965 Cam­bridge Univer­sity the­sis, “Prop­er­ties of Ex­pand­ing Uni­verses,” sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale es­ti­mate, in the on­line auc­tion.

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