The end price of an old red wheelchair exceeded expectations at a Christie auction in London which ended on Thursday.
A mystery buyer spent about $ 390,000 on the wheelchair, a motorized model belonging to the physicist and author Stephen W. Hawking, who died in March at the age of 76. It’s more than 15 times the calculation made by Christie’s.
“The result of this remarkable sale with more than 400 registered bidders from 30 different countries, showing the enormous admiration and affection Stephen Hawking was considered around the world,” according to a statement by Thomas Venning, Managing Director of Books and Manuscript for Christie & # 39; s and James Hyslop, science leader and natural history. 9659002] The items sold by Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein were sold for more than 2.3 million dollars.
The red wheelchair was used by Dr Hawking in the late 1980s and early 90s, he stopped using it when he could no longer handle it with his hands. The physicist spent most of his life and lost control of his muscles of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease.