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).
The proceeds will go to charity
Christie's online auction, "On the Shoulders of Giants" pays tribute to four brilliant minds – Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking – whose discoveries definitively shaped our understanding of the universe. Lots range from a manuscript by Newton exploring his fascination with alchemy to letters by Darwin discussing natural selection and an offprint of Einstein’s great paper on general relativity. The sale concludes with a remarkable group of lots from the estate of Professor Stephen Hawking, including the original typescript of his thesis, a selection of his medals and awards, and a signed (with a thumbprint) copy of A Brief History of Time. The final lot of the sale, a wheelchair used by Hawking, is sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The late physicist and pop culture icon's possessions, medals and academic papers are sold to raise money for charity, generating huge interest online.
Proceeds from the chair's sale will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
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,
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.
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.
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