Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for £300,000 at auction

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Medals and awards sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,708), compared with an estimate of 15,000 pounds, while the red motorised wheelchair sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,708), also compared with an estimate of 15,000 pounds.

Apart from Hawking, one of Newton's manuscripts sold for around $130,000, a set of seven awards, including Einstein's award for achievement in natural sciences sold for about $387,000, a letter written by Darwin sold for $65,230, and one of Einstein's manuscripts gathered $42,399.

"We are very pleased to have the assistance of Christie s to help us with the important matter of managing our beloved father s archives and his unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings, chronicling his life and work", the physicist s daughter, Lucy Hawking, said before the sale.

Auction house Christies ran the nine-day online auction called "On the Shoulders of Giants" to raise money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, Hawking died in March at 76.

Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis, written in 1965, has sold for nearly £585,000 in an online Christie's auction. The great scientist was famous for his work in exploring the origins of the universe. It featured pieces belonging to other celebrated thinkers including Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin.

A collection of his medals and awards, including honours from the Royal Astronomical Society, sold for £296,750, with the entire collection achieving £1,384,625.

In addition to Hawking's personal documents and items, an original production script for Stephen Hawking's final appearance on The Simpsons-in which he was portrayed as a disc jockey with gold chains and a Kangol hat-also sold 6,250 pounds ($8,157). The paper sold for £7,500. "He had this awesome ability to connect with people", Thomas Venning, head of the Books and Manuscripts department at auction house Christie's London, told Reuters ahead of the event.

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