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Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Dissertation Sold for More Than Manuscripts by Newton, Darwin, and Einstein in Christie's Online Auction

Posted On: Nov 8, 2018   |   Posted By: Fortune

Personal items belonging to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars during an online auction held Thursday.
Among the items was Hawking's motorized wheelchair , used in the 1980s and 1990s. While the chair was expected to sell somewhere between ?10,000 and ?15,000, the ultimate price was nearly ?300,000. The proceeds from the wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Guardian reports.
Other Hawking items up for auction included signed books, manuscripts, a bomber jacket, and a copy of the Simpson's script in which Hawking made his final cartoon appearance. A collection of Hawking's medals and awards fetched nearly ?300,000 more-again well above the expected price.
The most expensive item in Hawking's collection was a copy of his Ph.D. dissertation on the expansion of the universe. The 1965 manuscript-one of five known copies-sold for nearly ?585,000. It was expected...

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