Personal items belonging to Stephen Hawking, including his medals and one of his wheelchairs, are to be sold at an online auction.
The British physicist known for his exploration of black holes died in March at the age of 76
The auction hosted by Christie's is called Giant's Shoulders and includes 22 items related to Hawking as well as manuscripts by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.
Also sold are personal copies of Hawking's most important releases, such as his 1
974 Black Hole Explosions. a copy of his bestselling A Short History of Time, signed with a thumbprint; a bomber jacket; and the script for one of his performances at The Simpsons.
The proceeds from the sale of the wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Hawking, who used a wheelchair for most of his life, and an electronic speech synthesizer, suffered from a motor neuron.