Hawking personal effects fetch $2.3mil. at auction

Still from the movie ‘Theory Of Everything’ where Hawking was portrayed by English actor Eddie Redmayne

In total, the auction raised $1.8 million for charity.

Wheelchair and a copy of the thesis to the British scientist and science popularizer Stephen Hawking has sold at auction, writes the Associated Press.

The items were included in the Christie's auction "On the Shoulders of Giants", which ran October 31 to November 8 and included handwritten documents from fellow brainiacs Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and some guy named Albert Einstein.

Also on sale were personal copies of the British physicist's papers, such as a copy of his 1974 article, Black Hole Explosions?, in which he predicted that black holes would release blackbody radiation, known as Hawking Radiation.

A bomber jacket once owned by Hawking sold for about $51,855.

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Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes", sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the online auction.

A script from one of his appearances on the animated TV show sold for 6,250 pounds ($8111) in the sale of 22 Hawking items, while a collection of his medals and awards raised 296,750 pounds ($385,122).

Thomas Venning, head of the books and manuscripts department at Christie's London, said: "The sale concludes with Professor Hawking's wheelchair, in which he both toured the world as a successful scientific communicator, and from which his mind voyaged to the outer reaches of space-time, making it literally and figuratively one of the most-travelled wheelchairs in history".

Hawking's belongings, however, weren't the only ones included in the 52-item strong lot.

Auction house Christie's ran the nine-day online auction to raise money for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Pieces tied to the likes of Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein were also included. Christie's is reportedly handling the negotiations for the family.

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