Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, PhD thesis, other personal items go up for auction

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Items from the estate of the world-renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking are now up for auction at Christie’s until the 8th of November. Hawking’s personal items are part of an online sale entitled ‘On the Shoulder of Giants.’ The sale also features manuscripts by Einstein, Newton, and Darwin.

The highlight of the group of items is Hawking’s thesis transcript, which highly sought-after. When his PhD thesis was made available online by Cambridge University in October 2017, it proved so popular that it crashed the University’s website. One of only five original copies of his thesis alongside early editions which celebrate the scientist’s genius.

Other items range from the late scientist’s most important papers, a selection of his medals and awards, a copy of his 1988 best-selling book ‘A Brief History of Time’ signed with a thumbprint, a bomber jacket, and the script for one of his appearances on The Simpsons.

In addition, one of Professor Hawking’s iconic wheelchairs will be sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The professor’s daughter, Lucy commented on the auction saying: “We are also giving admirers of his 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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