Stephen Hawking's wheelchair just went up on the auction block

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Professor Stephen Hawking arrives at The Odeon in Leicester Square, central London, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan / Invision / AP)

SALT LAKE CITY – The wheelchair of physicist Stephen Hawking sold out at auction for nearly $ 400,000.

What happened: According to Fortune, the motorized wheelchair, which was used in the 1980s and 1990s, which is expected to sell for between $ 10,000 to $ 15,000. It's worth $ 392,000.

  • Quartz reported that it will be donating to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

Several other items that belonged to Stephen Hawking were also sold during the auction.


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  • According to the Associated Press, Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes," sold for 584,750 pounds (nearly $ 767,000 in U.S. currency), more than three times the pre-sale estimate.
  • A collection of Hawking's medals and awards for nearly $ 392,000, by Fortune.
  • A bomber jacket once owned by Hawking sold for about $ 51,855.
  • Hawking's production script from a 2010 episode of "The Simpsons" in which he appeared, sold for over $ 8,100.
  • The Guardian reported that it was a copy of his 1974 article, "Black Hole Explosions", in which he predicted that black holes radiation, known as Hawking Radiation ,
  • A copy of his bestselling "A Brief History of Time," signed with a thumbprint, sold for over $ 89,000.

Other items Sold in the Auction were linked to Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. According to The Guardian, the auction resulted in a total revenue of over $ 2.3 million.

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