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.