Stephen Hawking Wheelchair And Other Personal Effects To Be Sold At Auction

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

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

Estimated prices range from £100 ($130) for a limited-edition print of Stephen Hawking's Time Travellers Invitation to £150,000 ($195,360) for a photocopy typescript of his PhD thesis (signed and inscribed) from 1965.

The items - part of a science sale that includes papers by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein - will be on display in London for several days from October 30.

Stephen Hawking with the cast of "The Big Bang Theory".

Hawking's items will be on display for several days in London, beginning October 30.

The auction will conclude with Professor Hawking's wheelchair, which Venning said allowed him to tour "the world as a successful scientific communicator, and from which his mind voyaged to the outer reaches of space-time, making it literally and figuratively one of the most-traveled wheelchairs in history".

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".

Ms Hawking said Christie's had been helping the family "manage our beloved father's unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings".

The thesis "was the fruit of him reapplying himself to his scientific work" after being diagnosed with ALS, Venning said, adding that Hawking "kept it beside him for the rest of his life". This is one of five known copies of Hawking's 117-page thesis, and its estimated value is between $126,000 and $189,000.

Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, he survived for decades, dying in March at 76.

The disease left Hawking paralyzed and using a wheelchair for mobility.

Other Hawking items up for auction include a copy of "A Brief History of Time" signed with his thumb, expected to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000.

The work is among personal items from the eminent cosmologist's estate that are part of an online sale at Christie's called On the Shoulders of Giants. His landmark book a "A Brief History of Time", sold more than 10 million copies. Money raised from the sale of the wheelchair will benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Stephen Hawking Foundation. The copy comes with a bomber jacket that Hawking once wore.

Prof Hawking's daughter Lucy said the auction would give people the chance to "acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life".

All pieces will be on display in London, and officially for sale October 31 through November 8.

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