Stephen Hawking's most prized possessions go under the hammer

Audrey Hill
October 25, 2018

Online bids for the 22 items can be placed between 31 October and 8 November.

The online sale announced Monday by auctioneer Christie's features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, some of his many awards, and scientific papers such as "Spectrum of Wormholes" and "Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse".

The 1965 Cambridge University PhD thesis "Properties of Expanding Universes" is likely to carry a price of 100,000 to 150,000 pounds, said the AP report.

Christie's auction house is gearing up for next week's "On the Shoulders of Giants" event, highlighting the work of Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking.

Documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christie.

Some possessions of the late physicist Stephen Hawking are going up for auction, including his wheelchair, his doctoral thesis and even a script from The Simpsons.

Thomas Venning, head of books and manuscripts at Christie's, said Hawking was so despondent over the diagnosis that he "gave up his studies for a time".

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The motorized device, circa late-1980s to mid-1990s, is the earliest surviving example of Hawking's collection of wheelchairs, on which he relied since the end of the '60s.

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". The wheelchair, estimated to be worth between $13,000 and $19,500, is included in the sale. Money raised from the sale of the wheelchair will benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation. So, for much of his life, Hawking used a wheelchair to move and a speech-generating device to talk.

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

In addition to publishing numerous scientific papers, Hawking wrote books, and his popular "A Brief History of Time" will be at the auction.

Other items reflect Hawking's celebrity status: A bomber jacket Hawking wore during a 2016 documentary as well as the original script for his final appearance on "The Simpsons".

Also on the block is a thumbprint-autographed original copy of the 1988 book that passed from Carl Sagan to Hawking the unofficial title of the world's leading cosmic explainer.

Christie's hopes to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 for it during the sale which opens on October 31.

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