Wheelchair Stephen Hawking sell at auction

Documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London. AP

Christie's, a global auctioneer headquartered in London, is selling several of Hawking's papers, including his dissertation, thesis on the origins of the universe and his spectrum of wormholes.

One of five remaining copies of Hawking's 1965 doctoral thesis from Cambridge University will be part of the auction.

A motorized red and maroon leather wheelchair Hawking used from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s is also for sale. The online sale "On the Shoulders of Giants" also features papers from Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

The famous physicist was diagnosed at just 21 years old with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Twenty-two lots will be up for auction between October 31 and November 8 in an online Christie's auction known as "On the Shoulders of Giants".

A signed copy of Prof Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis is expected to raise more than £100,000 at an auction this month.

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.

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

Diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) at just 22 and given only a few years to live, he survived for decades, dying in March at 76. According to a statement by the Christie's, Hawking's "mischievous attitude" to piloting his wheelchair became legendary, both in Cambridge and further afield.

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

This particular chair is the last one used by Hawking while he still had control of his hands and before needing more sophisticated technology. Proceeds from the wheelchair will be donated to charities.

How about an assortment of medals and awards given between 1975 and 1999, estimated at $13,000-$19,500?

Lucy Hawking, the late physicist's daughter, told the AP that the auction will give "admirers of [Hawking's] 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".

"It was in 1983 that Hawking first suggested the idea of a popular work on cosmology, which would explain modern physics and astronomy in non-specialist terms to a popular readership", Christie's states.

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