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09, 2018- A mo­torised wheel­chair used by the late Bri­tish physi­cist Stephen Hawk­ing sold at auc­tion on Thurs­day for al­most 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dis­ser­ta­tion raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for char­ity.

Famed for his work ex­plor­ing the ori­gins of the uni­verse, Hawk­ing died in March at the age of 76 af­ter spend­ing most of his life con­fined to a wheel­chair with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease.

Some of his be­long­ings in­clud­ing es­says, medals, awards and a copy of his book a “Brief His­tory of Time” signed with a thumbprint were sold on­line on Thurs­day along­side let­ters and manuscripts be­long­ing to Isaac New­ton, Charles Dar­win and Al­bert Ein­stein.

Hawk­ing’s 117-page dis­ser­ta­tion “Prop­er­ties of ex­pand­ing uni­verses” from 1965 sold for 584,750 pounds, well ahead of the es­ti­mate of up to 150,000.

Medals and awards sold for 296,750 pounds, com­pared with an es­ti­mate of 15,000 pounds, while the red mo­torised wheel­chair sold for 296,750 pounds, also com­pared with an es­ti­mate of 15,000 pounds.

Auc­tion house Christies ran the nine-day on­line auc­tion called “On the Shoul­ders of Gi­ants” to raise money for the Stephen Hawk­ing Foun­da­tion and the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion.

Physi­cist Stephen Hawk­ing

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