Hawking’s wheelchair sells for $393K
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 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 estimate.