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Stephen Hawking s wheelchair sells for USD 393,000 at auction

A wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds (USD 393,000), while a copy of the scientist s doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds (USD 767,000.) The motorised chair, used by the physicist after he was paralysed with motor neuron disease, sold for 296,750 pounds in a Christie s online auction. It had been expected to fetch 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds. Proceeds from the chair s sale will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Hawking s 1965 thesis on the origins of the universe sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the auction that ended Thursday. Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, Hawking died in March at 76.

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