Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Among Belongings To Be Sold

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair Among Belongings To Be Sold

Hawking, who was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and a prolific author, died last March at age 76 having survived a debilitating disease that doctors said would kill him in his 20s.

A selection of personal items of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March at 76, will be featured in a Christie's online auction from October 31 to November 8.

The proceeds from the auction of the chair will benefit the The Stephen Hawking Foundation, which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, and The Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Christie's warns the wheelchair is "sold as a collector's item and not as an item for medical use".

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The famous physicist was diagnosed at just 21 years old with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The thesis, one of the five original copies, is signed in Hawking's own handwriting, with the statement, "This dissertation is my original work".

The sale includes a script from one of Professor Hawking's Simpsons appearances, a copy of his best-seller A Brief History of Time signed with a thumbprint and a personalized bomber jacket that he wore in a documentary.

A motorized BEC Mobility wheelchair, now on sale on the Christie's website, was one of the many Hawking used during his life.

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She added: "We hope to be able to offer our father's archive to the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu process as we feel it is a huge part of his legacy but also of the history of science in this country".

Items belonging to the late physicist Stephen Hawking, including one of his earliest motorized wheelchairs, will be put up for auction beginning on Halloween.

Lucy Hawking, the late physicist's daughter, told the AP that the auction will give "admirers of [Hawking's] work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items". A Book, written and corrected with handwritten annotation by Stephen Hawking is one of the personal and academic possessions. A leather bomber jacket and a copy of the script of the 22nd season premiere of "The Simpsons", entitled "Elementary School Musical", for which Hawking lent his voice.

The items - part of a science sale that includes papers by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein - will be on display in London for several days from October 30.

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Documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

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