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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair is sold at 300,000 pounds at Science Auction



Stephen Hawking's wheelchairs and medals and prizes were sold in the total amount of nearly £ 600,000, while a copy of his doctoral dissertation raised this amount, auctioning items belonging to him and other famous scientists,

The sale, which is Christie's online and including 52 lotteries, has gathered more than 1.8 million pounds Thursday. It included items belonging to Hawking, as well as others associated with Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein.

It is expected that the dissertation will be sold up to 150,000 euros, but the customer will ultimately seek to secure 584,750 pounds. Hawking's motor-wheelchairs were sold for £ 296,750 as well as seven awards, including Albert Einstein's award for achievements in natural sciences. One of Newton's manuscripts sold for 100,000 pounds, Darwin's letter written 50,000 pounds, and the bidders agreed to pay $ 32,500 for one of Einstein's manuscripts.

The sale is called "On the shoulders of the giants" – a reference to the famous saying Newton once used for his own achievement: "If I've seen it further, it's on the shoulders of giants."

A brief history of Stephen Hawking's time, 1988, the first US edition signed with a clasp.



A brief history of Stephen Hawking's time, 1988, the first US edition signed with a clasp. Photo: Nils Jorgensen / REX / Shutterstock

Money collected through the sale of wheelchairs will go to the foundation of Stephen Hawking and the Association for Motor Diseases of Neurons. Hawking lived most of his life with motor neuronal diseases and died in 76 years in March.

The British physicists' personal copies were also sold, for example a copy of the 1974 Black Hole Explosions article, which predicted that black holes would release the black body radiation, known as Hawking Radiation. Paper was sold for 7,500 pounds.

A copy of his bestselling A short history of time, signed with the buckle, sold for 68,750 pounds, the jacket jacket amounted to £ 40,000, and the script for one of his performances at The Simpsons was sold for 6,250 pounds.

Hawking's daughter, Lucy, said that selling "fans of her work was a chance to gain a memory of our father's remarkable life in the form of a small selection of exciting and fascinating things."

Hawking's children hope to preserve their scientific archives for the nation. Christie took over the negotiations to hand it over to the British authorities instead of the inheritance tax.

Other significant items included a document signed by Isaac Newton who returned the loan he sold for £ 56,250, and Charles Darwin's letter described it as his "glossy review of the report by the Naturalist on Challenger expedition ", which sold for 15,000 pounds, and a copy of Einstein's attitudes about Newton, once owned by his former son and sold for 13,750 pounds.


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