INILAH, Jakarta – A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking was sold at an auction on Thursday (8/11), and his dissertation sold for US $ 1 million or around Rp14.6 billion.
The red wheelchair sold almost 300,000 pounds (391,740.00 US dollars) while the price of his dissertation sold almost double the initial estimate on sales to collect the charity money.
Famous for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending much of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neuron disease.
Some of his items including essays, medals, awards and copies of his book "Brief History of Time" signed with thumbprints are sold online on Thursday along with letters and manuscripts of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.
Hawking's 117 page dissertation, the "Properties of expanding universes" from 1965 sold for 584,750 pounds, far from the initial estimate of around 150,000 pounds.
Medals and awards sell for £ 296,750, above the estimated 15,000 pounds, while the red motorized wheelchair sells for £ 296,750, also compared to the estimated 15,000 pounds.
As quoted Between, Christies Auction House holds a nine-day online auction called "On the Shoulders of Giants" to raise money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Association of Neurone Motor Diseases.
He also offered fans of physicists known for their electronic sound synthesizers the chance to buy a portion of his property.
"Stephen Hawking is a very big personality throughout the world. He has an amazing ability to connect with people," said Thomas Venning, head of the Department of Books and Manuscripts at Christie London auction house, to Reuters ahead of the event.