Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for R5.5m at auction

2018-11-09 07:20

A wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost £300 000 (R5.5m), while a copy of the scientist's doctoral thesis fetched almost £585 000 (R10.8m)

The motorised chair, used by the physicist after he was paralysed with motor neuron disease, sold for £296 750 in a Christie's online auction. It had been expected to fetch £10 000 to £15 000.

Proceeds from the chair's sale will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Hawking's 1965 thesis on the origins of the universe sold for £584 750, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the auction that ended on Thursday.

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

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