The use of wheelchairs used by physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction almost 300,000 pounds ($ 393,000), while a copy of his doctoral thesis came to almost 585,000 pounds ($ 767,000), auctioneer Christie said on Thursday.
The motorized chair used by Hawking after being paralyzed with motor neuronal diseases collected 296,750 pounds ($ 385,122) at Christie's online auction. It was expected to reach $ 15,000 ($ 19,467).
The chair sells funds to two Charity Associations, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motorcycle Neuron Association.
Hawking's University of Thesis Spreading Properties from 1965 was sold for 584,750 pounds ($ 758,888), more than a three-way pre-sale estimate, in an online auction.
Diagnosed with motor neuronal diseases at the age of 22 and giving only a few years to live, Hawking instead died in March 76. He expanded scientific thinking about the black holes and origins of the universe and achieved celebrity status, writing best-selling books, and acting acting "The Simpsons".
The scenes from one of his performances on an animated TV show sold for $ 6,250 ($ 8111) for the sale of 22 Hawking items, while his collection of medals and awards was $ 296,750 ($ 385,122).
Hawking's daughter, Lucy, said the sale of "fans of her work had the opportunity to gain a memory of our father's remarkable life in the form of a small selection of exciting and fascinating items."
Hawking's children hope to preserve their scientific archives for the nation. Christie is negotiating the deal with the British authorities instead of inheritance tax.
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