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Wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking was auctioned



LONDON –

A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking was sold for nearly 300,000 pounds ($ 393,000) at auction, while a copy of his doctoral thesis earned nearly £ 585,000 ($ 767,000), said auctioneer Christie's on Thursday.

The motorized chair used by Hawking, after being paralyzed with motor neuron disease, raised 296,750 pounds ($ 385,122) in a Christie online auction. It was expected to fetch up to £ 15,000 ($ 19,467).

Proceeds from the sale of the chair will benefit two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Expanding Universes, which sells for 584,750 pounds (758,888 USD), more than three times its pre-sale estimate The online auction.

Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 22, and died only a few years in March at 76. He expanded his scientific thinking on black holes and the origins of the universe and achieved fame, wrote bestselling books and guest star in "The Simpsons."

A script from one of his appearances in animated film The TV show sold for £ 6,250 ($ 8,1

11) on the sale of 22 Hawking items, while a collection of its medals and awards sold £ 296,750 ($ 385,122

Hawking's daughter Lucy said the sale would be "an admirer of his work" Opportunity to acquire a reminder of our father's extraordinary life in the form of a small selection of evocative and fascinating objects.

Hawking's children hope to receive his scientific archive for the nation. Christie's leads the negotiations to surrender to British authorities instead of inheritance tax.

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