Hawking auction raises astronomical sum

A copy of Stephen Hawking's doctorate thesis signed in a shaky hand was the highlight of an auction of the British physicist's personal items in London, which raised nearly �1.4 million ($1.8 million, 1.6 million euros).

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis fetch over £1m at auction

The proceeds will go to charity

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

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Multimillion Dollar Auction

A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie’s auction. Among the items sold were his motorized red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes—one of five known copies—which sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402) and 584,750 ($763,381) respectively.

Bids far exceeded expectations at the Christie’s auction, which also included items that once belonged to Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost £300,000 while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost £585,000,

Stephen Hawking's PhD Thesis, Wheelchair Sell in Multimillion-Dollar Auction

A landmark auction at Christie's made more than $2 million selling artifacts from Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($767,000), auctioneer Christie's said Thursday.

Hawking treasures auctioned for £1.8m

A copy of the physicist's signed PhD thesis sells for £584,750, nearly four times the guide price.

Christie’s sale also includes items belonging to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein

The sale warped the price-value continuum in ways rarely witnessed.