PHYSI­CIST’S THE­SIS, WHEEL­CHAIR FETCH FUNDS FOR CHAR­ITY

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

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

Pro­ceeds from the wheel­chair’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 more than three times its pre­sale es­ti­mate, in the on­line auc­tion.

Di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease at age 22 and ex­pected to live just a few more years, Hawk­ing in­stead died in March at 76. He ex­panded sci­en­tific think­ing about black holes and the ori­gins of the uni­verse and at­tained celebrity sta­tus, writ­ing best-sell­ing books and star­ring on “The Simp­sons.”

Hawk­ing’s daugh­ter, Lucy, said the sale gave “ad­mir­ers of his work the chance to ac­quire a me­mento of our fa­ther’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life in the shape of a small se­lec­tion of evoca­tive and fas­ci­nat­ing items.”

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