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Hawk­ing’s wheel­chair sells for $393K at auc­tion

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.

5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer reach new heights

LOS AN­GE­LES — 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer were al­ready in shock when their al­bum beat out Bey­once and Jay-Z for the top spot on the Bill­board 200 chart this sum­mer. But hav­ing their sin­gle “Young­blood” reach the No. 1 spot on the pop songs chart and be­come an in­ter­na­tional smash hit has the band in awe.

“Young­blood” re­cently spent five weeks at No. 1 on the pop songs charts. The track is spend­ing its sev­enth week in the Top 10 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart.

Singer-gui­tarist Michael Clif­ford calls the song “au­then­ti­cally us” and said it al­lows fans to “see the real ver­sion of our­selves and our mu­sic in a very bold way than what we’ve de­liv­ered in other songs.”

The Aus­tralian band also in­cludes Luke Hem­mings, Calum Hood and Ash­ton Ir­win.

Mitchell thrills au­di­ence just by show­ing up

LOS AN­GE­LES — Joni Mitchell didn’t speak or sing a word at an all-star con­cert in honor of her 75th birth­day. She didn’t have to. Show­ing up was enough.

The Cana­dian folkie-turned-Cal­i­for­nia singer-song­writer ended a 31⁄2-year ab­sence from pub­lic life that be­gan when she had an aneurysm in 2015.

When she slowly walked into the Dorothy Chan­dler Pavil­ion Wed­nes­day she got a stand­ing ova­tion and spon­ta­neous au­di­ence cho­rus of “Happy Birth­day.”

Artists in­clud­ing James Tay­lor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristof­fer­son and Em­my­lou Har­ris ser­e­naded Mitchell with her own songs at the con­cert. The only song not writ­ten by Mitchell was writ­ten for her. Gra­ham Nash sang “Our House,” his 1970 song about life with Mitchell when the two were dat­ing in their 20s.

Joni Mitchell is pre­sented with a birth­day cake on stage at JONI 75: A Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion Wed­nes­day at the Dorothy Chan­dler Pavil­ion in Los An­ge­les.

From left, mem­bers of the band 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer Calum Hood, Ash­ton Ir­win, Luke Hem­mings and Michael Clif­ford

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