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Stephen Hawking's thesis, wheelchair heading for auction

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – From a copy of his PhD thesis to his wheelchair, items belonging to Stephen Hawking…

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – From a copy of his PhD thesis to his wheelchair, items belonging to Stephen Hawking are headed for auction, offering fans of the late British physicist famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe a chance to buy some of his possessions.

Known for his acclaimed research on black holes, the wheelchair-bound Hawking, who suffered from motor neuronal disease and used an electronic voice synthesizer, died in March at the age of 76. [19659002] “On the Shoulders of Giants,” which also features papers by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, will feature 22 lots from Hawking’s estate, including one of five known copies of his PhD thesis, “Properties of expanding universes,” estimated at 100,000-150,000 pounds ($ 127,480 – $ 191,220).

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A gallery assistant poses with a motorized wheelchair, c. 1988, that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with an estimated price of £ 10,000 – £ 15,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A picture shows the original production script for theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s final appearance on the TV show ‘The Simpsons’ with an estimate price of £ 2,000 – £ 3,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. – A picture shows the original production script for theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s final appearance on the TV show ‘The Simpsons ‘with an estimate price of £ 2,000- £ 3,000 GBP (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A picture shows a motorized whee lchair, c.1988, that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with an estimated price of £ 10,000 – £ 15,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVES / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A gallery employee holds an Albert Einstein Medal awarded to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking during a photocall for sale or personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A picture shows the book ‘A Brief History of Time’ by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking signed with a thumbprint with an estimate price of GBP £ 2,000- £ 3,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction ho use in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A picture shows one of five known copies of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis with an estimated price of GBP £ 100,000 to £ 150,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) Credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A gallery assistant poses with a motorized wheelchair, c.1988, that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with an estimated price of £ 10,000 – £ 15,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images) [19659015] A gallery assistant poses with a bomber jacket that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with an estimated price of £ 100- £ 150 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A gallery assistant poses with a bomber jacket that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with an estimated price of £ 100 – £ 150 GBP during a photocall for sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A picture shows a motorized wheelchair, c.1988, that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with an estimated price of £ 10,000- £ 15,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A picture shows medals and awards that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL- OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

A gallery assistant poses with a motorized wheelchair, c.1988, that belonged to late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with an estimated price of £ 10,000 – £ 15,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – A gallery assistantposes with a copy of the picture shows the book ‘A Brief History of Time’ by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking signed with a thumbprint with an estimate price of GBP £ 2,000- £ 3,000 GBP during a photocall for the sale of personal items from Hawking’s estate at Christie’s auction house in London on October 30, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: A copy of ‘Brief History of Time’ signed with a thumbprint of Stephen Hawking 1988 (estimate £ 2,000 – £ 3,000) on display at Christie’s auction house during a press preview ahead of a sale of British scientist Stephen Hawking’s personal belongings on October 30, 2018 in London , England. Christie’s London is auctioning 22 lots from the late physicist’s estate in their ‘On The Shoulders of Giants’ sale taking place between October 31st and November 8th. (Photo by Jack Taylor / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Stephen Hawking’s medals and awards 1975-1999 (estimate £ 10,000 – £ 15,000) on display at Christie’s auction house during a press preview ahead of a sale of British scientist Stephen Hawking’s personal belongings on October 30, 2018 in London, England. Christie’s London is auctioning 22 lots from the late physicist’s estate in their ‘On The Shoulders of Giants’ sale taking place between October 31st and November 8th. (Photo by Jack Taylor / Getty Images)

Fine art deals Tom Richardson poses with a jacket belonging to British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from Hawkings’ personal estate at Christie’s in London, Britain October 30, 2018 REUTERS / Toby Melville

Fine Art Trader Tom Richardson poses with a jacket belonging to British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from Hawkings’ personal estate at Christie’s in London, Britain, October 30, 2018. REUTERS / Toby Melville

Fine art deals Tom Richardson displays The Albert Einstein Award given to the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from Hawkings’ personal estate at Christie’s in London, Britain, October 30, 2018. REUTERS / Toby Melville [19659026] A handwritten page is seen from a copy of the 1965 PhD thesis by the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from his personal estate at Christie ‘ s in London, Britain October 30, 2018. REUTERS / Toby Melville

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“Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide. He had this amazing ability to connect with people, “Thomas Venning, head of the Books and Manuscripts department at auction house Christie’s London, told Reuters.

” The whole idea … was to provide something that was accessible to his admirers so that people could connect with him and remember his extraordinary story. “

Also up for sale are a copy of Hawking’s best-selling book” A Brief History of Time “signed with his thumbprint, estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds, as well as awards and medals given to the scientist, priced at 10,000-15,000 pounds.

Other documents, an invitation for a reception for “Time Travelers” as well as a motorized wheelchair Hawking used, are also being sold in the Oct 31 – Nov. 8 Online Auction.

It has already attracted interest from Asia, the Middle East, the United States and Australia, according to Venning.

“(Hawking) traveled across the world and he has fans in The US, he has fans in Asia, “he said. [19659002] ($ 1 = 0.7844 pounds) (Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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