We’ve talked before about things for sale that are in bad taste. I’m not sure if this would in that category but...Christie’s has 22 items from late genius Stephen Hawking, including his wheelchair! Now, I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe; mostly because my thesis on the subject has a few flaws and I’d like to compare notes.
Anyway, there is a book, scripts (including one from “The Simpsons”), as well as personal and academic possessions.
Hawking died in March, at the age of 76. An amazingly long life, considering at 22, he was just given a few years to live because of his ALS. .
The thesis is expected to get around $150,000, and it’s signed by Hawking, as well as containing his handwritten notes.
The high-tech wheelchair is expected to get around $15,000.
The auction is going to start on Halloween night -- October 31st, and just so you don’t think it’s too ghoulish, the proceeds from these sales will go to two charities -- the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. And his daughter Lucy is behind the auction, stating “admirers of his work will have the chance to acquire a memento of our father’s extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items.”
If Hawking wasn’t your favorite scientist, the auction will also have papers by Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Charles Darwin.