Among 22 of Stephen Hawking’s possessions being auctioned off by Christie’s from October 31 is one of the late physicist’s early motorized wheelchairs.
Said to have been used by Hawking from the late 1980s through to the mid ’90s, the earliest surviving example of one of Hawking’s wheelchairs was one of two that he rotated through this period, before he became unable to use his hands.
The lot is offered to benefit a number of charities including The Stephen Hawking Foundation — founded in 2015 in order to fulfill Hawking’s scientific legacy — and The Motor Neurone Disease Association — a UK organization dedicated to improving access to care, research and campaigning for people living with MND.
Sold as a collector’s item, rather than for medicinal use, the lot joins coveted belongings of the great mind such as his PHD thesis, which is expected to sell for over $110,000, his bomber jacket, and the original script for the episode of The Simpsons he made a cameo in back in 2010.
Auction house Christie’s is accepting online bids for each of the items between October 31 and November 8. Take a closer look at the wheelchair being sold below.
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