Stephen: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for almost $400k at auction

The wheelchair that belonged to late physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000). The AP reports that the chair was sold in a Christie’s online auction raising money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association charities. Other items sold during the auction included a copy of Hawking’s doctoral thesis for 585,000 pounds ($767,000), a script from one of his appearances on The Simpsons for 6,250 pounds ($8,152) and a collection of his medals and awards for 296,750 pounds ($387,041). Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and was given just a few years to live; he died in March of this year at age 76. His daughter Lucy said the sale gave “admirers of his 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.”

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