An auction will be open from October 31 to November 8, 2018, with several items that belonged to Stephen Hawking. Among them, his famous armchair, but also scientific articles, or … a Simpson script.
The British physicist died on March 14, 2018, at age 76, as a result of the disease that paralyzed him. The Christie’s auction, dedicated more generally to science, will allow admirers to acquire scientific memorabilia and raise money for two charities: The Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
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At the age of 22, doctors diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Charcot’s disease. While he was predicted only a few years to live, the physicist finally continued his studies and research, despite the paralysis that affected his body. He moved and communicated using high-tech wheelchairs, including vocal synthesizer, facial recognition and predictive algorithm.
This is one of these devices that will go on auction. Its price is estimated between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds (11,300 to 16,950 euros).
More business from Stephen Hawking at auction
In total, 22 articles of the British scientist will be offered for sale. His PhD thesis is “Properties of Expanding Universes”, a copy of his bestseller “A Brief History of Time” and some of his many scientific articles.
But the notoriety of Stephen Hawking extended beyond science. The subject of a bibliographic film released in 2015, “A Wonderful History of Time,” he also appeared several times in the animated series The Simpsons. The script of one of these episodes will also be available at this auction.