Stephen Hawking's Papers And Wheelchair For Sale

Stephen Hawking's Papers And Wheelchair For Sale

The auction includes a copy of Hawking's famous book "A Brief History of Time" with his fingerprint.

Only five copies of the Ph.D. thesis exist - although a digital copy was made available online for free by Cambridge University Library's Open Access Week previous year.

Thomas Venning, head of books and manuscripts at Christie's, told the Associated Press that these papers "trace the development of his thought-this brilliant, electrifying intelligence".

"You can see each advance as he produced it and introduced it to the scientific community", Venning said.

Hawking, who died in March, had initially resisted the idea of using a wheelchair in the late 1960s but by the late 1970s he was using motorised models, and was renowned for being "a rather wild driver", according to Christie's. "He gave up his studies for a time because he was so despondent".

The thesis "was the fruit of him reapplying himself to his scientific work", Mr Venning said, and Professor Hawking "kept it beside him for the rest of his life".

Christie's auction house is selling a variety of items owned by the late physicist Stephen Hawking, including one of his motorized wheelchairs.

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His illness left him wheelchair-bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication.

In addition, the London-based auction house will also put up a copy of "A Brief History of Time", a 1988 best-seller, that is signed with Hawking's thumbprint.

The items include one of Prof Hawking's wheelchairs, which will be sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

"We hope to be able to offer our father's archive to the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu process as we feel it is a huge part of his legacy but also of the history of science in this country".

His daughter Lucy said the auction gives "admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items".

This particular chair is the last one used by Hawking while he still had control of his hands and before needing more sophisticated technology. The auction will be open for bids starting October 31 until November 8.

Fans can also snag an original production script for The Simpsons episode "Elementary School Musical" (estimated to sell for $2,600-$3,900)-in which Hawking makes his final appearance on the show. A Book, and scripts by Stephen Hawking are among the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction hous.

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