Hawking's wheelchair, thesis up for sale

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. The online auction announced Monday Oct. 22 2018 by auctioneer Christie’s features 22 item

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. The online auction announced Monday Oct. 22 2018 by auctioneer Christie’s features 22 item

Almost two dozen personal items belonging to the late legendary physicist Stephen Hawking will be for sale at auction beginning on Halloween day.

Perhaps the most sought-after artifact in the auction will be one of five existing copies of Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University Ph.D. thesis, " Properties of Expanding Universes", which carries an estimated price of £100,000 to £150,000 ($130,000 to $195,000).

"You can see each advance as he produced it and introduced it to the scientific community", Mr Venning said.
At the time, Hawking had already been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or colloquially known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). "He gave up his studies for a time because he was so despondent".

"We are very pleased to have the assistance of Christie's to help us with the important matter of managing our beloved father's archives and his unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings, chronicling his life and work", said his daughter Lucy Hawking in a statement.

The disease eventually left Hawking nearly completely paralyzed. Since he was paralysed, Hawking's movement was facilitated by high-tech wheelchairs. In his case, the disease's progress was a slow one that didn't kill him in two years after being diagnosed, as doctors claimed, but made him dependant on wheelchairs and voice synthesizers for most of his life.

A poster advertising Time Travellers meeting hosted by Stephen Hawking is one of the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London Friday Oct. 19 2018. The online auction announced Monday Oct. 22 2018

His wheelchair will be the last lot, with all proceeds going to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. In 1977, for example, Prince Charles reportedly got his toes crushed beneath Hawking's wheelchair, and the scientist joked that he regretfully did not get a chance to run over Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's feet as well. The motorised BEC Mobility wheelchair, used by the late cosmologist from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s, is alone expected to fetch 15,000 pounds.

He appeared several times on animated comedy show The Simpsons and kept a figurine of himself from the show in his office. The dissertation was signed by Hawking in his shaky handwriting because of the illness.

Christie's is handling negotiations to hand it over to British authorities in lieu of inheritance tax. Months after the cosmic visionary passed away, the online auction and private sales organization announced its science sale that will also feature papers by prominent scientists Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein.

All pieces will be on display in London, and officially for sale October 31 through November 8.

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