Hawk­ing space pa­per nets $1m and chair, $540,000

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A WHEEL­CHAIR used by Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing has sold for $540,000 at auc­tion.

The mo­torised chair, one of sev­eral used by the physi­cist af­ter he was paralysed with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, was ex­pected to fetch $27,000.

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

Mean­while, a copy of his 1965 doc­toral the­sis writ­ten at Cam­bridge Univer­sity fetched al­most $1 mil­lion.

Prop­er­ties of Ex­pand­ing Uni­verses was snapped up for more than three times its pre-sale es­ti­mate in the on­line sale.

Di­ag­nosed w i th mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease at 22 and given a few years to live, the father of three died in March, aged 76.

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

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