Selection of Stephen Hawking’s personal items to be sold at auction

Stephen Hawking communicated through a voice-generating computer and moved in a series of high-tech wheelchairs

Christie's announced on Monday that starting October 31, they'll be holding an online auction, titled, "On the Shoulders of Giants", featuring 22 items from the late world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.

Christie's, a global auctioneer headquartered in London, is selling several of Hawking's papers, including his dissertation, thesis on the origins of the universe and his spectrum of wormholes.

Estimated prices range from £100 ($130) for a limited-edition print of Stephen Hawking's Time Travellers Invitation to £150,000 ($195,360) for a photocopy typescript of his PhD thesis (signed and inscribed) from 1965.

"Stephen Hawking's rather mischievous attitude to piloting his wheelchair became legendary", according to the lot description."Having run over Prince Charles' toes during a meeting in 1977, he is said to have regretted not doing the same to the then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher".

Auction house Christie's will auction 22 positions, including thesis and one of the wheelchair scientist and popularizer of science Stephen Hawking.

Thomas Venning, head of books and manuscripts at Christie's, told the Associated Press that these papers "trace the development of his thought-this brilliant, electrifying intelligence".

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Documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

"He was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) just as he arrived in Cambridge to begin his Ph.D. studies", Venning said.

Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, he survived for decades, dying in March at 76. Items included in the sale are some of his wheelchairs. The thesis includes a signature and a handwritten note from Hawking confirming that the copy is original. His landmark book a "A Brief History of Time", sold more than 10 million copies.

Frank Augstein/APA bomber jacket given to Stephen Hawking.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Christie's said. The copy comes with a bomber jacket that Hawking once wore.

"We are very pleased to have the assistance of Christie's to help us with the important matter of managing our beloved father's archives and his unique and precious collection of personal and professional belongings, chronicling his life and work", said Lucy Hawking in a statement via Christie's. The auction will be open for bids starting October 31 until November 8.

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