Wheelchair Stephen Hawking sell at auction

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

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.

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.

Of course, Hawking's fame rests only partly on his scientific status as the cosmologist who put black holes on the map. "He gave up his studies for a time because he was so despondent".

Hawking's affliction is a disease which causes the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles.

Hawking was made completely paralysed by a form of motor neurone disease and his death earlier this year was met with masses of tributes from colleagues, celebrities and the public.

The disease left Hawking paralyzed and using a wheelchair for mobility.

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".

Having run over Prince Charles's toes during a meeting in 1977, he is said to have regretted not doing the same to the then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Venning told the AP that Hawking's wheelchair symbolizes the scientist's "puckish sense of humor".

The sale includes a script from one of Hawking's "Simpson's" appearances, a copy of his bestseller "A Brief History of Time" signed with a thumbprint and a personalized bomber jacket that he wore in a documentary.

Daughter Lucy Hawking has noted that, through the auction, fans of the scientist will get the chance to become owners of the relics, reminding about the unusual life of a theoretical physicist.

Christie's is handling negotiations to hand it over to British authorities in lieu of inheritance tax.

Most of the Hawking items in the collection are part of a larger sale that includes artifacts belonging to other titans of western physics: Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein. The auction will be open for bids starting October 31 until November 8.