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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $ 393,000 at auction

In this Friday, October 19, 2018, files, documents and files by Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking's personal and academic possessions at…

In this Friday, October 19, 2018, files, documents and files by Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking’s personal and academic possessions at the Christies auction house in London. A wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking has been sold for almost 300,000 pounds ($ 393,000), while a copy of the doctor’s doctoral thesis collected nearly 585,000 pounds (767,000 USD). The motorized chair, used by the physicist after being paralyzed with motor neuron disease, was sold for 296 750 pounds in a Christie online auction Thursday, November 8, 201

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A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold an auction of almost £ 300,000 (393,000 dollars), while a copy of the doctoral thesis collected nearly 585,000 pounds (767,000 USD), auction driver Christie said on Thursday.

The motorized chair, used by Hawking after he was paralyzed with motor neuron disease, raised 296,750 pounds in a Christie’s online auction. It was expected to pick up up to 15,000 pounds.

Income from chair sales will go to two charity organizations, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Hawking’s 1965 Cambridge University dissertation, “Expanding universe features,” sold at 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale sale, in the online auction.

Diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease of 22 and was given just a few years to live, however, Hawking left March in March at 76. He expanded scientific thinking about black holes and the universe’s origins, achieved celebrity status, writing best-selling books and guest shows on “The Simpsons “.

A screenplay from one of his appearances on the animated TV series was sold for £ 6,250 in the sale of 22 Hawking articles, while a collection of his medals and awards increased 296,750 pounds.

Hawk’s daughter Lucy said the sale gave “admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memorable one from our father’s extraordinary ary life in the form of a small selection of moody and fascinating things.”

Hawking children hope to preserve their scientific archives for the nation. Christie s handles the negotiations to hand it over to the British authorities instead of inheritance tax.


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