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