A rare selection of works and objects by natural Stephen Hawking, who died in March this year, was auctioned. Among the items was his wheelchair-powered wheelchair, sold for $ 387,402, and a copy of his Ph.D. thesis, Properties of World Development, for $ 763,381.
The traditional Christie auction in London, UK, held between October 31 and November 8, also sold a copy of his book A short story of time (A short story of time), signed with his fingerprints for $ 89,751, Alpha Industries jacket for $ 52,219 and his medal collection and prizes for $ 387,402.
But it was not just the personal documents of the physics sold, but also the scenario of Hawking's appearance in the series The Simpsons for $ 8,157 and an invitation to the Travelers Host Event organized by him to try to prove that it is possible to travel time for $ 14,682.
The wheelchair, which was one of the first to be used by physicists after diagnosis of its disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was sold for twenty times the expected value and the money will reach its founding, the Stephen Hawking Foundation Motor Neurone Desease Association, which helps people in the same situation.
In addition to Hawking, the auction sold handwritten documents from Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.
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