Shoulders of Giants Auction To Begin on Halloween.
Several items and artifacts belonging to the late world-famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, including one of his first motorized wheelchairs, are to be auctioned online
The auction which will begin on Halloween has several items that are expected to sell for considerably more than their guide price.
What will be auctioned?
Particularly significant lots include a signed copy of Prof Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis that is expected to raise more than £100,000. ($US129K), a book signed by Hawking with his thumb-print, and a litany of scientific papers, medals, and awards.
One of the items in the auction expected to highly sought after is to be a copy of the original script containing his lines for one of his appearances on the Simpsons.
Speaking to the BBC, Professor Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, said the auction would give people the chance to “acquire a memento of our father’s extraordinary life”.
The Hawking items are however not being sold in isolation.
The auction is part of a special science-themed sale that includes iconic papers belonging to Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Sir Isaac Newton.
Hawking, who as well as having appeared on the Simpsons and Star Trek, The Next Generation was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and a prolific author. His ‘A Brief History of Time’ is one of the highest selling scientific books of all time and crossed over into the mainstream book market. The book sold over 10,000,000 copies.
Hawking died last March at age 76, surviving 50 years more than doctors said he would when he was diagnosed with a debilitating disease in his early 20s.
Professor Hawking’s wheelchair will be the last lot to be sold on the night of the auction. All proceeds gained from the sale of the wheelchair will be given to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neuron Disease Association.