INILAH, Jakarta – The motorized wheelchair used by late British physicist Stephen Hawking was auctioned on Thursday (8/11), and his dissertation was sold for a million dollars or about 14.6 billion kunas.
The red wheelchairs sold nearly 300,000 pounds ($ 391,740.00), while the price of their dissertation sold nearly twice the initial sales estimate for collecting charitable money.
Known for his work on exploring the origin of the universe, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending most of his life on a wheelchair with a motor of neuronal disease.
Some of his items, including essays, medals, awards, and copies of his book, "Short History of Time," are signed with prints in the morning, sold online Thursday, along with letters and manuscripts by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.
Hawking's 117-page dissertation, "Space Expansion Features" from 1965, was sold for 584,750 pounds, far from the initial estimate of about 150,000 pounds.
Medals and awards are sold for 296,750 pounds, above the estimated 15,000 pounds, while the red motorized wheelchairs are sold for 296,750 pounds, also compared to the estimated 15,000 pounds.
As stated between, Christies Auction House holds a nine-day online auction titled "On The Shoulders of Giants" for collecting money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Association of Neural Motor Diseases.
It also offered fans of physicists known for their electronic syntheses to have the opportunity to buy part of their property.
"Stephen Hawking is a very great personality all over the world. He has an incredible ability to connect with people," said Thomas Venning, Head of Books and Manuscripts at Christie London's auction house, to Reuters ahead of the event.