Wheelchair Hawking will auction - determined starting price

24 October, 2018, 20:40 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Stephen Hawking wheelchair thesis up for sale	 	 	 			Scientist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76

After Hawking passed away in March this year at the age of 76, "The Simpsons" paid tribute to the renowned physicist.

Hawking's items will be on display for several days in London, beginning October 30.

The motorized wheelchair that carried Hawking out of the 1980s and into his most high-profile period also is on the auction block, with Christie's reportedly expecting it to fetch between $13,000 and $20,000. The money made during the auction will go toward the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation, which supports research related to both physics and the disease.

The thesis "was the fruit of him reapplying himself to his scientific work" after being diagnosed with ALS, Venning said, adding that Hawking "kept it beside him for the rest of his life".

Auction house Christie's will expose on auction a total of 22 items, among them - one of his wheelchairs and doctoral thesis. Meanwhile, Hawking's wheelchairs have become a symbol for his disability. A leather bomber jacket and a copy of the script of the 22nd season premiere of "The Simpsons", entitled "Elementary School Musical", for which Hawking lent his voice.

London-based auction house Christie's has announced an online sale of 22 items from the late British physicist Stephen Hawking including one of his wheelchairs and complex scientific papers.

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This particular chair is the last one used by Hawking while he still had control of his hands and before needing more sophisticated technology.

The disease left Hawking paralyzed and using a wheelchair for mobility.

The 22 lots will be a part of the online sale On the Shoulders of Giants, which will feature rare and important autograph letters and manuscripts by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, and other leading scientific forebears.

In addition to publishing numerous scientific papers, Hawking wrote books, and his popular "A Brief History of Time" will be at the auction. "Hawking threw a lavish party on 28 June 2009 for the benefit of time travellers", Christie's observes, "with the invitation, logically enough, being issued after the party had been held...'I sat there a long time, ' reported Hawking, 'but no one came'".

Lucy Hawking, the late physicist's daughter, told the AP that the auction will give "admirers of [Hawking's] work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items".

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