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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair to go up for sale
By T.K. Randall
October 22, 2018 · 8 comments
Hawking's thesis is expected to fetch over $100,000. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Lwp Kommunikacio / Flickr
Several of the late physicist's scientific papers and possessions are to be sold at auction next week.
The sale, which will be conducted by Christie's, will include a script from Hawking's famous appearance on The Simpsons
as well as one of his earliest surviving wheelchairs.
A copy of his best-selling 1988 book A Brief History of Time
, which has been signed with the wheelchair-bound physicist's own thumbprint, is estimated to fetch between $2,250 and $3,870.
The most expensive item at the auction, an original signed copy of his 1965 doctoral thesis on the expansion of the universe, is expected to fetch in excess of $126,000.
Some of the less expensive items up for grabs include a bomber jacket and an old talk invitation.
Recognized around the world as both a scientific genius and pop-culture icon, Hawking's work in the field of cosmology, as well as his distinctive computer-generated voice, made him one of the most respected and recognizable people on the face of the planet.
Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and given just two years to live at the age of 21, Hawking went on to defy all the odds by living a long and eventful life.
He died back in March at the age of 76.
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