Personal belongings owned by the famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, including his wheelchair and doctoral thesis, have been earmarked for a total of over a million pounds (approximately $ 1,306,275). sold at auction.
The items sold at an online auction held by the British auction house Christie's called the sale "On the Shoulders of the Giants." It contained pieces by other famous thinkers, including Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin.
Hawking's motorized Wheelchair was sold for 296,750 pounds (about $ 387,000, $ 534,600), while a 1966 Cambridge University published essay detailing his dissertation "Properties of Expanding Universes," detailing theories about the birth and expansion of the universe and gravity were recorded for $ 584,750 pounds (about $ 765,000, $ 763,640).
Professor Hawking's daughter Lucy said the sale had "given admirers of his work the chance to buy a souvenir of our father's extraordinary life in the form of a small selection of evocative and intriguing objects."
Overall, the auction, which included 52 lots, scored more than £ 1.8 million (about $ 2.35 million, $ 3.24 million). The proceeds go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation, which facilitates research into cosmology and astrophysics, as well as the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and supports research and campaigns for those suffering from the disease.
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