Hawk­ing’s wheel­chair sells for $393K at auc­tion

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICKOFF -

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

The mo­tor­ized chair, used by Hawk­ing af­ter he was par­a­lyzed with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease, had been ex­pected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds.

Pro­ceeds from the sale of the mo­tor­ized chair, used by Hawk­ing af­ter he was par­a­lyzed with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease, will go to two char­i­ties, the Stephen Hawk­ing Foun­da­tion and the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion.

Di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease at 22 and given just a few years to live, Hawk­ing in­stead died in March at 76.

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