Selection of Stephen Hawking's personal items to be sold at auction BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A copy of a thesis by Professor Stephen…
A copy of a thesis by Professor Stephen Hawking is expected to sell for as much as £ 150,000 at auction.
His most important papers, including his Black Hole Explosions of 1974, a selection of his medals and awards, a copy of his best selling book A Brief History Of Time signed with a thumbprint, a bomber jacket, and the script for one of his appearances on The Simpsons are all part of the sale.
The items include one of Prof Hawking’s wheelchairs, which will be sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
A highlight is Prof Hawking’s signed thesis typewriter which is being estimated at100000-150000.
When his PhD thesis was made available online at the University of Cambridge in October 2017, it proved so popular that it crashed the university’s website.
The auction house said the thesis was signed in Prof Hawking’s distinctively shaky handwriting, with The statement: “This dissertation is my original work. S. W. Hawking. “
Prof Hawking’s daughter, Lucy Hawking, said:” 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.
“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. are also giving admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memory of our father’s extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items. “
The Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme, administered by Arts Council England,
Thomas Venning, head of the books and manuscripts department at Christie’s London, said: “The sale concludes with Professor Hawking’s wheelchair, in som han begge toured til verden som en vellykket videnskabelig kommunikator, og hvorfra hans hjerne voyaged til de ydre reaches of space-time, som gjorde det bokstaveligt og figurativt en af de mest travle whe elchairs in history. “
Prof Hawking died at his Cambridge home on March 14, aged 76.
At the age of just 22, he was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuronal disease and given just a few years to live.
His illness left him wheelchair-bound and dependent on a computerized voice system for communication.
However, he defied all odds, going on to become a towering figure in the world of physics, a bestselling author – especially with his book A Brief History Of Time – and a father of three and TV celebrity.